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Paying for driving time depends on departure point

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Q. We have a sports reporter (an hourly employee) who is being sent to cover a state tournament. Should we pay for the time it takes her to drive to the event and back? —D.L., Washington

A. The Fair Labor Standards Act's travel-time rules are quite specific. The time spent by your hourly employees driving from a company facility to a game—and from the game back to a company facility—must be considered compensable time. On the other hand, the time an employee spends driving from her home to a game—and from a game to her home—doesn't need to be counted as compensable time.

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