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Does travel the night before a training course or an overnight stay during a two day course count as paid time for national minimum wage purposes (for employees carrying out time work or salaried hours work)?

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Published on LexisPSL on 06/10/2017

The following Employment Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Does travel the night before a training course or an overnight stay during a two day course count as paid time for national minimum wage purposes (for employees carrying out time work or salaried hours work)?
  • Time work
  • Salaried hours work

There are four categories of work for the purpose of identifying which hours count (and do not count) as working time for which the national minimum wage (NMW) is payable:

  1. salaried hours work

  2. time work

  3. output work, and

  4. unmeasured work

Which of these four categories applies will depend upon the way in which the worker is paid for what they do. For further information, see Practice Note: National minimum wage—Hours worked for national minimum wage purposes.

See also Minimum wage compliance checklist, which summarises the main steps and matters to be considered in determining whether or not someone is entitled to receive, and receives, the minimum wage.

Time work

The hours a worker spends training, when he would otherwise be doing time work, are treated as time work. For these purposes, ‘training’ includes hours when the worker is:

  1. receiving training at his normal place of work

  2. attending another venue, when he would otherwise be working, to receive training approved by the employer

  3. travelling, when he would otherwise be working, between a place of work and the training venue (ie not between home and the venue)

Hours when the worker would ‘otherwise be working’ includes an

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