Is Training Time Paid? DOL Reiterates Standard Position

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently answered frequently asked questions about employee training. Chiefly, when is the time compensable? Information contained in a recent DOL opinion letter is particularly important for industries such as health care in which the need for continuing education credits is common.

The letter involved a nonprofit hospice care provider with a variety of clinical staff, all of whom need continuing education units (CEUs). The facility gives each employee an educational fund they can apply to their CEUs. It doesn’t exercise any control over which continuing education classes people attend. Choosing to

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