Does an employer have to pay its employees for time spent in a new hire orientation?

Author: Jessica Sussman

Yes. Employers must pay employees for time spent at a new hire orientation. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay workers for time they spend attending lectures, meetings, training programs and similar activities, unless attendance is voluntary, non-job related, outside normal hours, and no other work is concurrently performed. Because new hire orientation is generally held during normal hours, is mandatory, is related to an individual's employment and can require the performance of some work, such as the completion of new hire paperwork, employers must pay employees for the time spent in a new hire orientation.