Do I have to pay for training my employer makes me get?

Can my employer require me to pay for my own CPR training and fingerprint clearance card? I work at a daycare and was told after I was hired I needed them.

Posted  03-04-2014

Steve Duggan replies:

Ordinarily, any training or certifications required by an employer after hire, are the responsibility of the employer to pay for, including the cost of the training, wages during training and travel expenses. However, where the requirements are needed to be able to do the job at all, particularly under a state law, then the employee is responsible for paying for them on their own time. CPR training and a fingerprint clearance card are required in most states to work with children. So, the employer might have thought anyone applying for such a job already knew that.

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About the Author:

Steve Duggan graduated from the Law School at the University of Notre Dame while on active duty in the Air Force. He has extensive experience representing management litigating cases of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment. Steve also has experience in all phases of administrative litigation of unfair labor practice charges, and class and individual complaints of employment discrimination. He has been an instructor of seminars for supervisors and managers on labor management relations and other personnel issues, and for lawyers in basic and advanced trial advocacy courses. Steve came on board with Fair Measures in 1998.