Does a company owe for paid training when they release you to find a place closer to work?

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Does a company owe for paid training when they release you to find a place closer to work?

I was hired recently by a company and went through the long and boring training process in the classroom. I made it through this process and received one check. Because this company is unorganized, I came into this job not knowing all the details I needed to know. Some things you don’t think to ask unless they tell you no matter how hard you think. Anyway, I was released because I didn’t live close enough to their headquarters that I would have been working out of and given a time period to find a place closer. I received one paycheck while I was still training with them, but there are hours I have yet to be paid for. Some things you don’t think to ask unless they tell you no matter how hard you think. I asked several people I know and was told since I received one check from them they owe me the rest so I wonder.

Asked on July 21, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Paid training mandated or required by your employer is work. Employees must be paid for all work done up to the end or termination of. employment. If you were not paid for all time, you can contact the state department of labor to see if they can help you, and/or sue the employer for the money, such as in small claims court, possibly acting as your own attorney, or "pro se," to save on legal fees.


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