Paid Orientation?

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Paid Orientation?

I started working for a home health care corporation. I was hired in a couple weeks before I completed my new hire orientation and other training. The orientation and trainings were mandatory and needed to be completed before I could work on a

case. I asked if I would be paid for both. I was told that I would not be paid for orientation or mandatory training first Aid/BLS. Is this against the law? Every other job I’ve worked I was paid for orientation and training.

Asked on January 26, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, mandatory orientation or training required by your employer is work time; and as work time, you must be paid for it. Anything your employer requires you to do for its benefit, and especially orientation or training specifically about *this* job, so you can do your work for them (e.g. not general education, like getting a degree or certification which has broad career applicability) is work time. You should have been paid for this, based on what you write, and if you are not, could file a wage-and-hour complaint with the state department of labor. Of course, filing a complaint about your employer is a drastic action; consider whether the amount of money at stake makes doing so worthwhile.

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