Tinley Park, IL asked in Employment Law for Illinois

Q: Can an employer require me to attend meetings on my day off?

I am an exempt, salaried restaurant manager in Illinois. More and more we are being required to attend video meetings on our days off. I spent 3 hours of my last day off on video conferences. Is the employer allowed to mandate this on days off without compensatory time? Do they just own me 24/7? This is the first employer I have encountered this with.

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II

A: Federal and state laws require employers to compensate employees for time employed. "Employed" includes time you are permitted, allowed or required to work. "Suffered to work" is another phrase used. If these are "required" meetings, then the employer is obligated to pay you for that time. You should contact a local employment attorney that specialiazes in "wage and hour" law in your area. Do not delay because there may be a statute of limitations in effect that will affect you. Thanks for using Justia ask a lawyer.

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