I am a therapist working in MA. I have not had to have mandatory CPR training until now. My company wants me to do it on my time…my company will pay for training, but on my time. This doesn’t seem right if it’s MANDATORY!

Ann Kiernan replies:

Wage and hour law can be complicated. The answer to your question depends on how the training is offered and why. If your employer (or the state) says that you have to have a CPR certification to do your job, then it’s up to you to get and maintain the certification on your own time. But, if your employer says that you must attend a particular course in order to keep your job, then it looks like that should be paid time.

Posted 03-27-2019

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