California Employment Law
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Hello,If the class is "primarily for the benefit of the employer," then you must be paid for your time, because you are working. If the class is primarily for your benefit, then the employer does not have to pay for your time. Examples:1. Employee must take 25 hours of continuing education in order to maintain his/her professional license with the State of California. Employee's job requires a professional license. This is primarily for the employee's benefit, because the employee cannot work in his/her profession without the license, regardless of the employer.2. Employee works for the employer's HR department. Employer requires employee to take a class on investigation of sex discrimination and harassment claims. This is primarily for employer's benefit, because the employer needs employee to be current on the issue of sex harassment in order to do the job for which the employee is hired. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
In this case, the class is not required but benefits both the employer and employee equally in a general knowledge development manner. Employer offers to pay employee's tuition if they want to take a day off to attend. Any further thoughts?