Asked in Employment Law for Washington

Q: Can my employer mandate that I miss a day of work to be fitted for an N95 respirator?

There is no opportunity to get fit tested and keep my shift, and if I don't get a fit test, I can no longer keep my job. Do they have an obligation to pay me for the time spent traveling to the site and getting the fit test?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Yes. However, since the N95 respirator fitting is required for your work, you are still entitled to compensation for your time. Note: you are normally not entitled to compensation for the travel time from your home to your first place of employment or from your last place of employment to your home.

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