Can my hospital refuse to pay me for time spent on completing competencies?
Question Details: Certain competencies are required to be completed each year, ideally at work. However, the patient load has been so heavy that these competencies are difficult to do at work. Our organization is refusing to pay us if these are done at home and threatening disciplinary action if not completed by a certain time. Many people have already completed these competencies at home without pay for fear of consequences.
There is no legal requirement for any employer to pay you for any aspect of "continuing professional education" or "professional development" or licensing requirements, etc. These are for the employee's benefit, so they are still able to work in their field, and so are similar to getting a college or graduate degree. The employer could choose to pay you for getting them, but could also choose to not pay; or, as here, could choose to pay under certain circumstances, but not others.