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Travel Time
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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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89725faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers A nonexempt employee works 40 hours Mon.-Fri. and is required to travel for business over the weekend. How do we determine which hours are working hours? 09/03/2011National
83872faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers An employee is on-call for evenings and weekends. If he drives 45 miles on-way to answer a call, do we pay him for that travel time? 12/06/2010National
82011faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Do we have to reimburse mileage for an employee that's required to drive to the bank and make a deposit as part of her daily closing procedures? What about a second employee who's required to follow for safety reasons? 04/05/2010National
93850faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers I have been asked to create a Foreign Travel Policy for the company; where do I begin? 07/02/2013National
90220faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers If an employee chooses to drive to a location instead of fly, are we required to pay the employee for all of the time spent travelling by car? 10/14/2011National
80248faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Is travel time compensable? 07/21/2009National
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82338faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers We have hired a hhysical therapist to work for our hospital and our sister hospital (50 miles) away. She will work here 3 days per week and commute to the other site 2 days per week. Is it necessary to pay her wages for travel while commuting? 05/20/2010National
81787faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers What are the pay requirements when an hourly employee travels via airplane? The employee traveled to New York from Georgia for a 3 week assignment. 02/22/2010National
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