Our company says were only entitled to 2hrs of pay for coming in on our day off for a training session

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Our company says were only entitled to 2hrs of pay for coming in on our day off for a training session

We work as Class A security for a professional
building. This is the third security company that
weve been grandfathered into. The previous two
companies both paid our training sessions at the 4hr
maximum rate whereas this new company wants to
pay us at the 2hr minimum. Seems like there would
be provisions, stipulations and requirements for this.
Need clarification please.

Thank you

Asked on July 23, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You are entitled to pay for all time spent training: mandatory (that is, employer-required) training is considered work, and so you have to be paid for it. The issue is, how long do you spend training? Whatever it is you have to paid for it--subject also to the fact that in CA, if you are called in for work (including training) you have to be paid (as "reporting time") a miniumum equal to the greater of either 1/2 your normal shift or two hours. That means that if your normal shift is 4 hours or less, your minimum is 2 hours pay; if more than 4 hours, you get a minimum equal to 1/2 your shift; compare that minimum to the amount of time you actually spend training: you get either the actual training time or the minimum, whichever is greater.

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