My employer is asking for me to come in for a 15 minute staff meeting on my day off EVERY WEEK. When I asked her if I couldn't just be told what was discussed on the days I work I was told no it would work better if we all were there. It's 15 minutes. What could we possibly have to discuss that would be so important for us all to be there. My co worker has small children so my boss isn't asking her to come in on her days off because she would have to find daycare. While I understand, even though I don't have children is it fair to only ask me to give up my time off? for 15 minutes? It's not worth my time, can I ask to be paid for a full hour? My boss doesn't like me to schedule appointments on my days I work, because it takes up her time and I have days off to do that stuff. So I schedule those things for my days off, and now she wants part of that time too. do I have any legal rights?
is it fair to ask me to give up my time off
It is absolutely NOT FAIR.
Is it legal?
Unfortunately, in the US, it is legal.
If you say you won't do such a thing, it's OK for the boss to let you go from the job.
If you lived in a country that cared about worker's rights, this would never happen to you. (On the other hand, the US has lots of work and it's easy to get a job, and things are cheap, so, you have to take the good with the bad.)
What should you do?
I absolutely encourage you to not do this.
Don't do it!
I hope you do not do it one more time.
Here is some language to tell your boss:
Dear boss, as always thanks for this great job. But I am not able to come to the 15 minute meetings on Mondays. It's just not possible for me to spend that time on my off day.
Note that you don't have to explain yourself. You don't have to explain "why" you can't spend the time! Just state that it is "just not possible" for you.
It could be you have to get a new job.
I am really certain you can get another job easily.
You clearly have a good attitude, and you won't let people "walk over you". It's a certainty you'll get another job - a better one.
Regarding your boss, I hope they rot in hell. Anyone who would do something like this to a hard-working employee, is a real ass.
Important: if boss offers to "pay you" for the meeting, I strongly suggest you say No. It will be "some sort of scam" where they end up offering you "11 minutes" of pay or some such nonsense. Don't fall for it!
Good luck in your new and better job!
Can an employer ask a part time worker to come in 1 time a week on their day off for a 15 minute meeting?
Yes they can.
If you NEED the job just do it and take what is given.
If you WANT the job do it, ask for compensation for the travel time and expense both ways in addition to the 15 minutes.
If it makes the job UNVIABLE for you, refuse and see what happens.
Two excellent answers already, though I'd frame it differently. Thinking of it as a "day off" is what's leading your employer to believe they can ask something like this - it seems they have no respect for the time you're not working for them, which is sadly far too common.
Instead, you could think of the time you are working for them, in which case this would constitute a change to working hours. It would be reasonable for you to ask how you would be compensated for this - and I say "compensated" as it would involve more than the fifteen minutes.
None of that helps if you can't or don't want to do this - that just leaves you with telling them it's not possible and accepting that this might mean they look for someone else to fill your position.
There's a definite double standard in the way they expect you to avoid scheduling other appointments for work days, and if you decide to put your foot down and damn the consequences it wouldn't hurt to make this comparison to them.
Worst case : you've learned something valuable about your employer and manager.