Can my hospital refuse to pay me for time spent on compencies?

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Can my hospital refuse to pay me for time spent on compencies?

Certain competencies are required to be completed each year,
ideally at work. But patient load has been so heavy, these
competencies are difficult to do at work. Our organization is
refusing to pay us if these are done at home and threatening
disciplinary action if not completed by a certain time. Many
people have already completed these competencies at home
without pay for fear of consequences. I live in New Mexico.

Asked on June 29, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, New Mexico

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

There is no legal requirement for any employer to pay you for any aspect of "continuing professional education" or "professional development" or licensing requirements, etc. These are for the employee's benefit, so they are still able to work in their field, and so are similar to getting a college or graduate degree. The employer could choose to pay you for getting them, but could also choose to not pay; or, as here, could choose to pay under certain circumstances, but not others.


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