Who should pay for job-related training? (Toughest HR Question)

Are employers or employees responsible when it comes to safety, skills training?
By Brian Johnston
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/16/2013

Question: If certain training, whether technical or safety, is required for an employee’s job, is the employer required to pay for the training or can it tell the employee to pay for it out of her own pocket?

Answer: There are two prongs to this question:

Whether an employee must receive pay when engaged in required training. The answer to this question turns on whether the employee is a job candidate or already hired. Most employment standards legislation in Canada is silent when it comes to training.