Does an employer have to pay the time spent testing for professional certifications, if they require that you have them?

Asked on November 6, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, unfortunately an employer does not need to pay you for your time spent doing this. While the employer requires this, it is not "work"--i.e. it is not actually doing or producing something for the company. It is simply obtaining a qualification or credential which the employer requires to hold this job, and so is no different from getting a master's degree to be eligible for a promotion to senior management, etc.--which is not something employers must pay for. An employer may set eligibility standards or requirements for its positions, and employees or prospective employees who want those jobs have to take it upon themselves to meet those requirements.

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