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Payment of Mandatory Orientation

What law specifically determines payment for mandatory orientation verses training?

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes compensation regulations for employees.

Any time an employee is suffered or permitted to work the time must be compensated.

Attendance at lectures, meetings, training programs and similar activities need not be counted as working time only if four criteria are met:

  • attendance is outside normal hours,
  • attendance is voluntary,
  • the event is not job-related, and
  • no other work is concurrently performed.

Since mandatory orientation is not voluntary and is job-related, it doesn’t fit all of the criteria mentioned above. Thus, the time must be compensated.

Most trainings don’t meet the criteria mentioned above and must be compensated. However, there are circumstances that may exclude an employee from compensating an employee for trainings. Of course, all of the aforementioned criteria must be met.

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