Is it legal fo a business to charge prospective workers for their onboarding?

A dog walking service, who hires walkers as independent contractors, requires everyone who works with them to pay $25 in onboarding fees with no guarantee of work.

Asked on June 13, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes this is legal. If a worker does not want to pay this, then they can find emoplyment elsewhere. A business can set the terms of its hiring policies much as it sees fit, absent some form of legally actionable discrimination. Also, such an action must not violate the terms of any employment agreement, etc. that may apply.


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