Philadelphia, PA asked in Employment Law for Pennsylvania

Q: I am being asked to do training and I am not sure if I need to be paid or not.

This is for a virtual medical scribe position. I am working from home in Philadelphia. The company is based in Texas. I completed pre-employment training that was unpaid. I signed a contract to start January 11. In an email, I was told the start date would be pushed back to an unknown date because the doctors office they were onboarding had a COVID outbreak. I’m being emailed again to do more training in a different medical speciality. It is an online course made up of videos and quizzes. I am not sure if I am required to be paid or not. The only pay I’ve received so far was a sign on bonus. I was also sent a workstation to complete work on, but the training would not need to be done on that equipment.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Newport Beach, CA

A: It sounds like this is post hire training, which should be compensated. Perhaps your pre-hire training should also be compensated. Consult a local employee rights attorney. The reality is if you suddenly become an excessively expensive employee, you will be cut. You need to weigh the benefit of making claims with keeping a job and future compensation stream.

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