Can my employer require mandatory training without any hourly pay or mileage?
I am employed in home improvement sales. I get paid an hourly rate plus commission. I am required to attend a training today out-of-state. My employer is refusing to pay me hourly during that training time, nor will they pay any mileage to and from training.
1) Work time is paid time. If you are being ordered to go to the training (i.e. it's professional development or continuing eductation that you are doing voluntarily), you must be paid for the time you spend at, since that is work time. (Note: the exact hours you are paid gets slightly complex, but the short answer is, treat it like it's a work day; that's approximately the number of hours for which you should be paid.
2) Unless you have a contract requiring reimbursement, or there is a strong, unambiguous policy statement in an employee handbook or the like saying there is travel reimbursement (and so effectively creating a contract), the emplyer does not need to pay for your mileage; employers *may* pay mileage, but they don't have to. Keep track of it and gasoline for your tax preparer; there *may* be some benefit.