Time you spend at lectures, meetings, training programs, and similar activities is time that should be counted toward your total hours for overtime purposes, unless:
- Attendance is outside of the employee’s regular working hours;
- Attendance is in fact voluntary;
- The course, lecture, or meeting is not directly related to the employee’s job; and
- The employee does not perform any productive work during such attendance.
Attendance is not voluntary if the employee is led to believe that their job or promotion depends on their attendance.