can training be mandatory if it requires a 3-night stay out of town?

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A reader writes: There is a 3-day-long training course I’d like my whole team to attend, and the company has offered to pay in full for the course fees, travel expenses, and the employees’ time. However, as the training is some 200 miles away from the city where the company is based, those attending the training will be unable to return home until the end of the course and will stay overnight in a hotel. Since the company is paying for everything, including all meals and hotel bills, there has been no objection from most of my team; they see it as a rare opportunity to develop their skills without having to pay for anything themselves and appreciate the company’s investment in their careers. . . .

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