Is a work at home employee who is forced to come into the office for a manadatory meeting legally required to use vacation time to travel to meeting?

I am an employee who was given and accepted the chance to work from home, a standard 40 hour work week. Ocassionally I am required to come into the office for a mndatory meeting. On those days, the time traveling to and from the office, I am forced to use either my hour lunch or forced to take paid time off from my vacation accrual. Is this a legal practice?

Asked on July 20, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, it does not appear to be legal. Time spent working is neither your lunch break nor your vacation time. Time spent traveling to the meeting from your normal work site (your home) would be work time; only the normal commute, from your home to your regular work site, is typically unpaid travel--but your regular work site is your home.

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