As a therapist, what is my obligation to transport clients?

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As a therapist, what is my obligation to transport clients?

The company I work for transports clients from their home to the center I work at. As a therapist working with that client, I have been told it is my responsibility to transport them back and forth. If I am sick or have a day off, by my employer, I have been told it is my responsibility to find

transportation for those clients otherwise it is my responsibility to transport. Is this legal?

Asked on August 18, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If your employer tells you that you have to do this, you have to--an employer has the right to determine the parameters of a job, which can include requiring a therapist to transport, or arrange for the the transportation of, clients. There is nothing inherently illegal about a therapist or an employee transporting clients; therefore, it is entirely up to the employer whether you need to do this or not. If you do have to transport them in your own car, however, you may need to contact your insurer and get different or additional insurance to make sure you are covered for an accident during a business-related or commercial trip.


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