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  • CA - Unpaid "training day"

    I recently began working for a non-profit. Upon initially qualifying for the job based on an interview, I was required to go through an 8-hour (including lunch break) training day to see if I actually could perform the necessary job functions, the primary one being door-to-door fundraising. I followed a trainer around for most of the 5 hours of fundraising, with the earlier part of the day having been devoted to learning the script and other preparations. I also fundraised on my own for about an hour and even raised some $. I was hired and am still employed there. But the "training day" sure looked, smelled and tasted like WORK to me! Is it legal to not pay an employee for a so-called "training day"?

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    Generally speaking, mandatory training is compensable time. However, there has been some question as to whether this kind of "try out" time is compensable since, theoretically, you did not have the job yet. I suggest you call the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and inquire there.
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    • #3
      If you really like your current job,
      forgetting it might be the best choice~


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