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    What, if anything, does Texas Labor Laws state about compensation to an employee who undertakes a home study course for a skill required by an employer? I was instructed to make application as a Public Notary in order to provide this service to our customers. I received my supplies and commission as well as a home study course. I was not allowed time at the office to go through the self study course, so I had to do this in my evenings and weekends. I documented my time spent, but this record keeping was not recognized because it was not performed during the normal business day. I believe since the employer was to have benefitted from my commission, my study time should be compensated.

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    Not according to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which states that training undertaken to acquire a NEW or additional skill, is not compensable. Although your being a notary will enhance your position with your current employer, it is a transferable certification that another employer can utilize as well. You will be a notary no matter who you work for.
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