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.
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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