Our state recently enacted legislature that requires Veterinary professionals to complete a certain amount of continuing education credits per year in order to maintain and renew licensing to practice.
If our veterinary practice requires our Veterinary Technicians to carry valid licensing in accordance with the law in order to be hired and to remain employed with our facility, are we responsible for compensating those employees for time and/or money spent to comply with state continuing education requirements?
Are we required to pay for licensing renewals? The cost of this jumped, as I now know because my own is up for renewal and it went from $35.00 to $117!
We already provide most of our licensed staff a continuing education allowance as part of their benefits package, it is renewed each anniversery year for a set amount, and it is on a use it or lose it pay out. But we may discontinue this due to the rough economy and the practice's inability to carry such a hefty benefits cost.
I know my team will complain at the loss of this benefit, and I just want to make sure they can't say, "well, because you require it you have to pay for it."
Veterinary Technicians are non-exempt status employee, we pay them via hourly wages.