A friend of mine works as a carer, and has just been told that she needs to complete around 12 online training modules (each of approx 1hr) in her own time within the next month if she wishes to keep her job. Putting aside the usual "if you don't like it, leave" comments, is this legal? Can you be required to undergo training in your own time?
In reply to owlart:
She needs to check her contract. I have just had a hunt through various regulatins, and although an employer must ensure that an employee recieved regualar required health and safety training, they do not specify that the employer has to pay for it. Most do, becuase that way they are sure that the employee has attended and therefore the employer is indemnified.
It sounds like the employer is being an arse, so will probably try & manouvre her out if she does protest too much.
Personally, I'd ask why I had to do it in my own time (maybe the employer can't allocate the time..in which case they're incompetent or lazy!). Then ask to be paid for it (perhaps gradually) or for time off in lieu.
If all these were refused, i'd do it and then slack off as much as humanely possible. I'd also be tempted to drop a few teacups (prefereably on the bosses car) ;-)