Can my company order me to come back right after my training?

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Can my company order me to come back right after my training?

I away for training that my company’s customer (I’m a NASA Contractor and the NASA employee is the customer) wants me to drive straight back home after I attend a 9 hour class. The training class is 8 am-5 pm and its about a 3.5 hour drive back home not counting traffic. Are they allowed to tell me to come back after already working a 9 hour shift? I’m a hourly employee.

Asked on February 13, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

1) Yes, an employer may tell you to drive straight back after training, unleess you have an employment agreement or contract (including one covering just this training--for example, something you and your employer had agreed to prior to you going for the training) precluding this.

2) If you are an hourly employee, you have to be paid for all hours worked. That would seem to include the class; it may also include the drive, if you are going straight from the class (work) to the office or a job site (work).

3) If as a result of the class (and the drive, if it is considered work) you work more than 40 hours in that week, you must be paid overtime for hours worked past 40.


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