Advice and Resolution Corner - Travel Time

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Published Date: 11/10/2014


George; Ports

By George Ports


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Is all employee travel time for an out of town trip that requires an overnight stay compensable?




It depends on how much of the travel time cuts across their normal work day schedule even if travel is required on non-scheduled work days such as weekends and holidays. For an example, an employee’s normal work day schedule is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The employee leaves home on a Sunday at 2:30 pm and reaches his or her destination at 6:30 pm. The compensation required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is wages for two and a half hours (2:30 pm to 5:00 pm).


There are a number of other scenarios involving employee travel that have a different twist from the one stated above. For more information on the criteria used by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division to determine if travel time is compensable, go to


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