Under California wage and hour laws, employers are required to pay all non-exempt hourly employees for attending mandatory company meetings. This means that when workers in California are required to go to a meeting, regardless of whether or not the meeting is held in person at the company or another location, or even a webinar held over the Internet, the employee is entitled to compensation at the regular rate of pay if the meeting time falls within the first 8 hours of the workday and 40 hours within the workweek. However, if mandatory meeting time pushes employees past the 8 hour workday or 40 hour workweek, California employees are entitled to overtime pay for the time spent attending mandatory meetings.

California employees are also entitled to compensation for attending mandatory training. If your former or current employer makes you perform job training off-the-clock and without compensation, contact a California employee compensation lawyer today to learn about how to get reimbursed for training time.

In particular, training typically occurs in the computer industry. Often times, computer hardware engineers, code writers, ans other computer professionals and technicians work off the clock training for the job without compensation. This can add up to a lot of unpaid compensation if these computer employees are working off the clock training for the job several hours a week. However, it is not uncommon for these computer industry workers to perform job duties off the clock and without pay because computer positions require a high degree of skill and in order to complete the job to a satisfactory level, the computer professionals must undergo such training. Computer professionals that are training for a professional position with a computer company are non-exempt from overtime laws, meaning that these employees must be paid overtime compensation for all hours worked in excess of 8 in a workday, 40 in a workweek and in excess of 6 consecutive workdays in the same workweek.