Can an employer force an employee to comply with a new law before it takes effect?

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Can an employer force an employee to comply with a new law before it takes effect?

The human trafficking act in our state requires CDL holders to comply with law taking training for human trafficking. The law takes effect in about a week. In order to get or renew your license in the future you have to take this training. However, my employer is expecting me to immediately take the training regardless of when my license expires which is in 2 years, before the law takes effect.

Asked on July 25, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Arkansas

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Most work relationships are "at will", which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). This includes requiring an employee to take training classes even if they are not yet mandatory. Therefore, unless you have a collective bargaining agreement or employment contract to the contrary, you have no claim here.

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Most work relationships are "at will", which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). This includes requiring an employee to take training classes even if they are not yet mandatory. Therefore, unless you have a collective bargaining agreement or employment contract to the contrary, you have no claim here.


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