Should I be getting paid if I show up to work 30 minutes early to pick up a work truck and drive it to the work location?

I show up to work everyday 30 minutes early at 5:30 am to pick up a welding truck and get anything I need for the day from my company. I then drive it out to the location I’m going to work at; I need to be there by 6 am. Should I be getting paid for this time?

Asked on July 12, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you should get paid for this time. While you are not entitled to compensation for the time that you spend commuting to and from your principal place of work, you are entitled to be paid for any time spent traveling between work locations. If you cannot get your company to cover this time, then you can consult directly with a local employment law attorney or file a wage claim with your state's deparment of labor.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you should get paid for this time. While you are not entitled to compensation for the time that you spend commuting to and from your principal place of work, you are entitled to be paid for any time spent traveling between work locations. If you cannot get your company to cover this time, then you can consult directly with a local employment law attorney or file a wage claim with your state's deparment of labor.


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