The time employees spend commuting to and from their regular
place of work each day is not work time, so employers do not have to pay employees
for this time. However, work time does include time spent traveling to another
location for a special assignment, substantial travel for an emergency outside
the normal working hours, and time spent traveling during regular work hours
as part of the employee’s principal job duties. If an employee reports to
a central location to pick up equipment before proceeding to his or her assigned
worksite, the time spent traveling to the central location is not work time.
The time spent traveling to the assigned worksite is work time. Overnight
travel or travel away from home is work time when it cuts across the employee’s
normal workday and/or requires the employee to work on weekends or days when
he or she would not otherwise be required to work. Regular meal periods and
time spent sleeping or in other leisure activities while traveling is not
work time, and the employer does not have to pay the employee for this time.
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