Do you have to pay travel time?

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Do you have to pay travel time?

If employees meet in central location before traveling to work in a company paid
vehicle, and they return back to that central location at the end of the day, do
they have to be compensated for driving time ?
Company furnishes vehicle and gas.

Asked on October 19, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you are paid hourly and you travel from a central location to a job site, the law states that you must be paid for this time since it is considered to be a work-related duty performed during your workday. So long as communting time is not included (i.e. from home to the central location), an employee is entitled to be paid for such travel time to a job site. However, if you are just meeting up for a ride share to the office, then this would be considered to be still part of your commute, so it would not consttute compensable work time (i.e. you don't have the right to be paid for it). For further information, you can contact your state's department of labor and/or consult with a local employment law attorney.


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