If an employer requires a training course, shouldn't they also pay for it?
May 2, 2012 5:20 PM Subscribe
Is it legal for an employer to force employees to pay for a training course? My wife works in a fairly high-end hair salon and the owners organize a yearly training day. Attendance is mandatory and each employee must pay $700 to attend.
posted by robotnixon to Law & Government (21 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The class lasts about 4 hours and there are 30 stylists attending, so this isn't going to be very personal. This is not for any type of certification, and they won't be acquiring any new skills they can market. Since all of the employees are on commission, they will receive no hourly compensation either. Many of them have to take the day off to attend so they're losing money on top of paying. We're in Michigan, and I haven't been able to locate any information on the legality of this. If it isn't legal, any advice on how to handle this?