Do I Need To Take Leave To Attend Seminars?

Questions have arisen about whether attendance at Retirement and Benefits seminars constitute work time. This memorandum is to clarify this matter.

If an employee attends a Retirement & Benefits sponsored seminar during his/her regularly scheduled work day, the time is counted as work time. Approval to be away from the work site must be secured from the supervisor in advance. If the seminar is offered outside the employee’s regularly scheduled work day it will not be counted as work time and is not compensable time. Time spent traveling to or from seminars is not counted as time worked and leave slips must be submitted for travel time.

If there is any question about whether or not a State sponsored event is work time, please contact your Human Resource Service Center for assistance.