Time & Attendance
By Jon Hyman
Oct. 2, 2013
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means that businesses all over the country will be sponsoring events to combat this disease that has touched so many.
If your non-exempt employees are attending one of your charitable events, however, do you have to pay them for their time? It’s no surprise that the answer is, “It depends.”
The Fair Labor Standards Act’s regulations [pdf] differentiate between required time and volunteered time for time spent serving a public or charitable purpose.
And, keep in mind that if the compensable time is in excess of 40 hours in a workweek, it must be paid at time and a half.
Before you send that next email or memo requiring employees’ presence at a charitable event, don’t, unless you want to pay employees for their time. If you are otherwise soliciting attendees, make sure you make it clear that their attendance is 100 percent voluntary to avoid having to pay employees for their time.
Written by Jon Hyman, a partner in the Labor & Employment group of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz. For more information, contact Jon at (216) 736-7226 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow Jon on Twitter @jonhyman.
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