No Pay Required at Wellness Fairs

The U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion letter on August 28, 2018, that certain “wellness activities” are not considered compensable work time.  Wellness activities such as attendance at wellness fairs, health screenings, and health coaching are not compensable work time provided attendance is not mandatory, the employer receives no direct benefit, and such activities are not related to the employees job duties.  These activities are not compensable regardless of whether or not they occur at the employer’s premises.

While there are many benefits to offering access to such wellness activities, employers are not required to pay employees for their participation in many circumstances.

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