A brochure has been put together to earn points to buy company items if you attend these voluntary training sessions. There are posters all over the office that say"Don't disappoint the owner of the company by not coming to this company family function". I am in fear of loosing my job if I do not attend these non-paid training session. Please advise.
It sounds to me like the poster stating don't disappoint the owner of the company creates a non-voluntary situation. Also, any "points" you earn may be considered wages by the IRS. I would report the failure to pay wages to all of the employees to the Illinois Department of Labor if you don't get paid for it. Training does not sound like a picnic. If it benefits the employer then you should get wages. Training you, benefits the employer.
Jeff Jacobson, Handling serious employment matters for over 20 years.
If the meeting is unpaid and voluntary, your empooyer cannot force you to attend and cannot penalize you for not attending. Speak to co-workers and find out what they intend to do.
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