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Annoying work issue

November 22nd, 2017 at 09:33 am

I love my new job.

Of course, no job is perfect. There is always something that could be better.

We have a monthly staff meeting. They are mandatory for us to attend, however, we don't get paid to be there. We used to have in-person meetings but about a year ago switched to Skype/phone meetings to try and boost attendance. That was more convenient and I didn't have to miss work to attend, though I actually think in-person meetings are more productive.

For December, they are having a live meeting. It's on a night when I would normally be working, so I have to miss a 4-hour shift to attend. I hate that I lose $400 of income when I'm required to be there. That just seems wrong.

The response is that attending the meetings is part of our incentive bonus. Great, except the maximum incentive we can earn is $400/year which doesn't offset potentially losing $4,800/year in income if we go back to monthly live meetings.

Although I do prefer live meetings, I hope we stick with the Skype meetings most months so that I don't lose income to attend.

7 Responses to “Annoying work issue”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    It seems wrong to me that you are required to attend, but not paid to attend.

  2. disneysteve Says:

    "It seems wrong to me that you are required to attend, but not paid to attend."

    Exactly my point, especially since I need to miss work to go.

    We had a similar issue a couple of months ago. We got a new computer system and had to go to mandatory training - obviously - but we weren't paid for going. So I had to take a day off of my other job where I was still working at the time to do the training day for which I got nothing.

  3. Bluebird Says:

    I totally agree, anything mandatory should be paid hours.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    My point is that this could be a legal issue. https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs22.pdf

  5. terri77 Says:

    I agree, any required training or meetings should be compensated.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Not that my opinion counts, but that is pretty bad that attendance is mandatory, but paying you for it isn't.

  7. disneysteve Says:

    Positive update to this post: It turns out that I DID get paid for the hours of the meeting after all. That's not what I was told in advance but I just got my paycheck and those hours are on there. I double checked with my manager because I didn't want to find out later they were taking it back and she confirmed that it is correct.

    We still weren't paid for the mandatory computer training we had to attend though.

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