When terminating an employee or effectuating, a separation many businesses choose to do so during a “termination meeting.” While the best practice is to conduct such a meeting at the end of an employee’s work day or work week, an employee on a leave of absence or unexcused absence may need to be called in for the termination conference. The question then becomes how must an employee be compensated for the termination meeting?
In this circumstance, if the employee is not exempt from overtime and not otherwise scheduled to work on the day of the meeting, he/she need only be compensated for show-up time – two hours of reporting time pay. If the meeting lasts longer than two hours, he/she must be paid for the time spent attending the meeting. Non-exempt employees must be paid for the full day of work if asked to show up for a termination meeting. Non-exempt employees who are scheduled to work but who are asked to leave or are otherwise not provided their full schedule of work must be compensated in accordance with the reporting time pay provision of Section 5 of the IWC Wage Orders.