At-home online training: To pay or not?

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Online training programs eliminate the hassle of trying to schedule a convenient time for employees to be trained.

This means employees may end up taking the training at home and after normal work hours.

You must evaluate whether this time is compensable work time, and pay employees accordingly.

Under the Fair labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, training time need not be counted as working time only if all the following four criteria are met:

  1. Attendance is outside of the employee’s regular working hours.
  2. Attendance is voluntary.
  3. The course is not directly related to the employee’s job.
  4. The employee does not perform any productive work during such attendance.

If even one of the above criteria is not met, then employees must likely be paid for the training time.

None of the criteria relates to the location of the training, so you cannot use that as a deciding factor in determining whether or not at-home training should be paid.

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