Question: If we have an employee working from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (employee takes a one hour unpaid meal period) and then have a mandatory meeting the same day from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., do I just pay him for the hour for the meeting (at the overtime rate) or do I have to pay him for 2 hours because he went home and then had to come back?

Answer: If the meeting takes place on an employee’s regularly scheduled workday, but the employee must return sometime after the end of his or her shift to attend the meeting, an additional two hours of “reporting time pay” must be paid. Since the employee has already worked eight hours in the day, the one hour meeting will be paid at the overtime rate and the one hour remaining of reporting time pay will be paid at the regular rate to meet the two hours of reporting time pay for the second report.