Q&A: Do I have to pay employees to run a 5K?

people group jogging, runners team on morning  training.jpegWith the summer season upon us lots of employers are thinking about civic engagement, whether it is entering a 5K, joining a charity golf tournament, or getting a group together to perform volunteer work. Some employers conduct these activities during the workday and pay employees for their time as the employer’s contribution to the community. Others, however, may want to encourage employees to participate in additional activities outside of the workday, perhaps by paying entry fees, providing team T-shirts, or making charitable donations in support of the event. If we’re talking about employees who are properly classified as exempt executive, administrative or professional employees, then no, employers don’t have to pay extra for this time. For non-exempt employees, the answer depends on the facts. learn more

Jo McClure

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