Q. We provide certain hourly employees with a vehicle to drive to and from job sites. Employees are required to pick up the vehicle at our offices by 6 am. After working at various job sites, they’re required to bring the vehicle back to the office at day’s end. Should the drive time from the final job site back to the office be compensated? —M.R., Arizona
A. Your instinct is correct. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, any time spent in travel between job sites or a central office counts as “hours worked,” and must be paid.
Because your employees are required to drive back to the office to drop off the vehicle, the drive time from the job site back to the office must be paid. By contrast, if the employee drove the vehicle home after the last job, that travel time would not be paid.