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Beware disgruntled employees who are let go but have maintained their own scrupulous record of hours worked which may form the basis for a complaint under the Employment Standards Act. The Employment Standards Branch has been known to accept any “work related activity” in its calculation of hours worked and subject to overtime rates of pay. The Branch has also been known to scoff at the suggestion that a free lunch is adequate compensation. As alluded to by Mr. Waterman I would suggest having participating staff sign a memo indicating that they understand that their participation is voluntary and not compulsory. If it is compulsory avoid the lunch hour.