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My daughter who is 17 years old, is going to start working for a donut company.  They told her that she has to do a week of training first and not get paid for it.  I did not think it was legal to have someone work for you and not pay them even if it is just training.  Is there a limit on hours that they can make an employee work for training without getting paid?  I am confused about this, any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

This is not legal for her to work without being paid.  An employee must be paid for all the time they work and this includes training time. This information is in the FLSA (Fair labor Standards Act).

It is legal to hold back one week of pay until the employee terminates at which time the held back week is paid.


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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR


I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).


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