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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Do You Have to Pay an Employee who Attends a Skype Meeting from Home?

By: Peter J. Lamont, Esq.

In an effort to accommodate employees' schedules and sometimes in an attempt to reduce overhead and payroll, employers turn to video conferencing through services like Skype.  If an employee is home and your company requires her to attend a brief 10 minute Skype call does the company have to pay her for her time, even though she is not in the office?

The answer is YES!  If an employee attends a meeting via Skype (or another online video conferencing service) the employer must pay the employee for at least the time they spend on the online call/conference.  In fact, some states require that an employee get paid a minimum amount of time for activities such as online conferences.Whether you have to pay for a minimum amount of time is controlled by the individual states’ reporting pay laws.

If you would like more information about this topic or have general legal questions, please feel free to contact me at (973)949-3770 or via email at plamont@peterlamontesq.com Offices in: New Jersey New York, Colorado & Puerto Rico and affiliated offices throughout the country.

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