I work from home, so all of my staff meetings are held via phone conference. This is really easy for managers to set up, so for those of you who are having to drive long distances, ask if you can attend by phone conference or by internet conference such as Go to Meeting. As far as not getting paid, this has been happening for many years in medical settings. I have always gotten paid where I’ve worked, but know of other places where this has been a problem for ever.
With the technology we have today, I would suggest that you ask to participate by computer or phone, even if it is just by speaker phone.