what does it say in your contract? I found this on another forum
The contract itself possibly has some guidance on this issue. If they are not acting within the terms of their own contract, then breach of contract is a normal avenue for employee with less than 2 years service. There is no qualifying period for breach of contract, but it can be a tough one to make stick.
A general principle of employment is that attending compulsory training during normal working hours would be classed as working hours, which should be paid. There is no absolute requirement for all hours to be paid at the same rate (eg, overtime, flat salary). Although it may be unusual and not very nice for training hours to be unpaid, they still count as "hours worked" and would need to fall within the National Minimum Wage. What this means is that her overall hours (including the unpaid ones) should be paid at an average rate that meets the NMW. If your daughter's hours are close to NMW anyway, adding on these unpaid hours could take her below. One word of caution is that NMW is calculated as the average for a pay reference period, so if she is monthly paid, the unpaid hours have less relevance than if she is weekly paid.
NMW regulations do not have any qualifying period, so a claim could be brought by someone in their first week of employment (though it would probably be their last!)
If you find that the contract covers this and that they would still be paying above minimum wage, then I don't see a lot of options.
The other thing you might want to look at is the contracted hours, if the training is to be done outside of these hours then that is your time. if it mentions in the contract that the training is considered unpaid overtime then you have the right not to do OT and it has to be agreed with the emplyee and would therefor be voluntary.
The other thing is if you can't physically do it because of your connection then you would have to do it during work hours would you not?