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Do employers need to pay for employees hourly wage if the

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Do employers need to pay for employee's hourly wage if the time was spent for the purposes of coming to a settlement in hopes of resolving a dispute that the employee had alleged. For example, an employee claims there was a benefit issue. The employer offers to settle and the employee verbally accepts. To sign the settlement agreement and discuss certain issues, the employer and the employee arrange a time after workhours (to make it confidential). Does the employee need to be paid for that hour?

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No, the settlement of an issue regarding benefits would not be considered 'work,' so it is not necessary for an employer to compensate an employee for the time spent in reaching a settlement.
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