If an employee signs a paper for a training procedure stating they must work for a certian amount of days in order to be paid for training and they do not comply, is that illegal?

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If an employee signs a paper for a training procedure stating they must work for a certian amount of days in order to be paid for training and they do not comply, is that illegal?

I have a training procedure at my business that if the employee doesn’t work a full 5 days they will not be paid

for the 2 day training process. Is this illegal or legal?

Asked on June 8, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal so long as the agreement is signed prior to the worker or employee doing the training. Employers and employees may mutually agree to put terms or conditions on employment; the key is that the agreement must entered into in advance--retroactive agreements in this context are not enforceable.


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