Is it legal for an employer in MD to require us to attend UNPAID MANDATORY MEETINGS during our lunch hour?

I have a full-time job with hourly pay. For the past year, every two weeks, my employer has required employees to attend mandatory metings which typically last one hour or more. We are told to clock out for these meetings, because they count as our lunch break. Food of our MANAGER'S choosing is provided during these meetings. I know MD employers are not required to proide a lunch break, but shouldn't we at least be PAID for attending these meetings?

1 answer  |  asked Nov 26, 2004 10:25 PM [EST]  |  applies to Maryland

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Gwenlynn D'Souza

Generally, an employee should be paid for time spent at mandatory meetings under federal and Maryland law. In applying the Fair Labor Standards Act, the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Anderson v. Mt. Clemens Pottery (1946), stated, "Since the statutory workweek includes all time during which an employee is necessarily required to be on the employer's premises, on duty or at a prescribed workplace, the time spent in these activities must be accorded appropriate compensation." See the following website for an explanation of Maryland law.

posted by Gwenlynn D'Souza  |  Nov 27, 2004 06:36 AM [EST]

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