If I’m an hourly employee, must I be paid fro the time that I’m in training?

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If I’m an hourly employee, must I be paid fro the time that I’m in training?

Asked on July 30, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If the training is provided by your employer, then yes, you have to be paid: anything required by the employer for its beneift which you must do, with the exception described below, is work, and if it's work, an hourly employee must be paid for time spent.

The exception is if the "training" is getting some general credential (like an IT certification) which will aid you in your career generally (even if it will also help you hear; or if the employer requires a certain degree, training, or certification for you to have the job or be promoted) and which is being obtained from a 3rd party (i.e. the employer is not doing the training). General education in your field, which will help you at any employer, and which is not training only for this specific employer, is not work and you would not have to be paid for it.


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