Mandatory CPR Training

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Mandatory CPR Training

My fiance is being required by her employer to take a mandatory CPR class. They are making her pay for the class which is going to be at her work and they are not going to pay her while she is at the class. Is this legal?

Asked on April 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Nebraska


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The employer can require her to pay for the training: employers are not required to provide training for free, the same way they are not required to provide free, say, uniforms, and can require employees to pay for their own. 
However, if the training is mandatory--that is, it is required by the employer--it is considered work: anything the employer requires or instructs or orders you to do is "work." Therefore, if the employee is an hourly employee, she should be paid for the time spent at the training. The problem for her is that there is no good way to get the money if the employer does not voluntarily pay her for her time: for example, it is no likely that the amount of pay at stake would justify the time or cost of a lawsuit, even a small claims case. Sometimes, someone else can take advantage of you and there simply is no way to effectively vindicate your rights.

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