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Does My Employer Have to Pay for My Travel Time?

What is Travel Time Pay and How Does it Work?

One of the most frequently asked questions relating to wage and hour issues involves employers paying for the travel time of employees before, during, and after normal working hours.

Under the Portal-to-Portal Act, an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay for certain aspects relating to employee travel time.

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What Does My Employer Have to Pay Me For?

  • Travel from worksite to worksite in the middle of the day
  • Travel before or after usual working hours (Example: if you require an employee to travel to a location on the way to work or on the way home from work, i.e. an office supply store)
  • Time spent at the airport and traveling to a specific location during out of town or overnight trips

What Doesn't My Employer Have to Pay Me For?

  • Travel from home to work
  • Travel from work to home

Tips from Wage & Hour Expert, Attorney Scott Perlmuter

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