Determining when and how much to pay employees for their travel and commuting time is a complex subject, governed by Fair Labor Standards Act () regulations.
Employers need to know what is considered working time when employees are traveling; how to deal with weekend time that may combine business and personal travel; and how to handle requests for travel reimbursements when company vehicles are used for "commuting."1. If an employee travels on company business outside of his/her regular work hours, is that time considered "working" time?
Depending on the circumstances, employees may, indeed, be entitled to compensation for that time. Whether employees' travel time must be counted as hours worked hinges on the kind of travel involved:
Commuting: Employees who travel to and from their homes to work are commuting, which isn't working time. The same rule applies even if the worksite changes every day.
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