Determine If Training or Meetings Count as Hours Worked Under the FLSA
When to Use This Flowchart
Use the Determine If Training or Meetings Count as Hours Worked Under the FLSA flowchart to determine whether the time that a nonexempt employee spends attending training or meetings counts as "hours worked" under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
If time spent attending training or meetings is "hours worked" under the FLSA, an employer must pay nonexempt employees at least the minimum wage for that time, and the hours must be counted toward any applicable overtime threshold.
Failure to pay employees for all hours worked and for overtime can result in FLSA-related penalties, lawsuits or enforcement actions.
- Decide if the employee's attendance at the training or meeting is voluntary
- Decide if the training or meeting is outside of regular working hours
- Decide if the training or meeting is directly related to the employee's job