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Any voluntary activity — meetings, lectures, training sessions and so on — must occur outside regular working hours; really be fully voluntary; not be directly related to the employee’s job; and not involve performing any actual “productive work.” (Maria Nguyen / The New York Times)
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My problem is we have weekly training sessions during our lunch hour that are “highly encouraged but not required.”

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