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Oct07

Bookkeepper/Training Pay

How do I pay an employee after he quits after 5 hours of training? Thank you in advance for your help.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which establishes wage and compensation guidelines, requires non-exempt employees be paid for all hours worked in a workweek. Non-exempt employees must receive at least minimum wage per hour worked. Attendance at training programs are not required to be counted as working time only if four criteria are met: it is outside normal hours, it is voluntary, not job related, and no other work is concurrently performed. However, if these criteria are not met the employee must be paid at least minimum wage for the hours in training. It is a fair practice to pay the employee the normal wages he would have received if he didn’t abruptly resign.

Under the FLSA, exempt employees must receive their full predetermined salary for a week during which any time is worked with limited exceptions. An employer is not required to pay the full salary in the initial or terminal week of employment. Thus, if the employee is exempt, his salary can be prorated to only include the five hours of training.

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