Is it legal for your employer to require a training and not pay you for your time to complete it?

My employer is requiring us to take a training, as part-time employees, and

said since it is considered

Asked on March 13, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), employers are required to compensate employees for all hours worked. And, the time an employee spends at training programs, etc. should be considered working time unless the following 4 factors are met:

The employee's attendance is voluntary;
The training is not directly related to the employee’s job (i.e. the training is designed to qualify the employee for a new job and not to enhance the skills used by them on their exisiting job);
The employee does not perform any productive work during the training; and
The training occurs outside of the employee's normal work schedule.


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