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You are working long days, and each day, you look forward to heading home for some relaxation and family time. Just as you’re about to leave, however, your boss informs you that there’s a mandatory meeting tomorrow after work hours. You’re frustrated and wondering if this is legal. 

In situations like these, it’s important to understand your rights as an employee. If you think your employer might be violating your rights, always consult with a San Diego employment attorney who can provide you with the necessary guidance and assistance. We are here to help.

Understanding the Law

Mandatory meetings outside of work hours can be a contentious issue. While many employers require their employees to attend such meetings, everyone should know the legal implications.

Under California law, employers generally have the right to schedule meetings outside of regular work hours. However, certain requirements must be met. For example, non-exempt employees must be compensated for attending these meetings. Additionally, there are limitations on the frequency and duration of these meetings.

Ensuring Fair Compensation

Know your rights when it comes to mandatory meetings outside of work hours. While attending these meetings may be necessary, you should be fairly compensated for your time. This includes receiving payment for the time spent in the meeting, as well as any travel time required. If the meeting pushes you into overtime hours, you should receive overtime compensation. 

If you believe that your employer is not providing you with the appropriate compensation for attending these meetings, consult with a San Diego employment attorney. They can review your case, determine if your rights have been violated, and guide you through the legal process.

The Importance of Documentation

In cases where mandatory meetings outside of work hours are a recurring issue, keeping detailed records is critical so your lawyer can take action. Document the date, time, and duration of each meeting, as well as any additional time spent on travel or preparation. This documentation will serve as crucial evidence if you decide to pursue legal action.

Laws Specific to San Diego

Employment laws can vary from state to state, and even from city to city. In San Diego, there are additional protections in place for employees attending mandatory meetings outside of work hours. For example, the San Diego County Working Families Ordinance may or may not apply to your situation. 

Protecting your Rights with a San Diego Employment Attorney

When faced with mandatory meetings outside of work hours, it’s easy to feel frustrated. However, by reaching out to a San Diego employment attorney, you can take the necessary steps to protect your rights. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your time and that your employer complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

Mara Law Firm is here to support you. Our team of experienced San Diego employment law attorneys understands California and federal labor laws, as well as the local San Diego city and county regulations. To set up a free legal consultation and case review, contact one of our staff members today.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by attorney David Mara who has more than 20 years of legal experience in employment law.

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