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Must we pay travel costs when light duty means a temporarily longer commute?

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Q. One of our employees who normally reports to another facility has been out on workers' comp and is now doing light duty in the office. Getting here adds an extra hour to his commute. I know we don't have to pay for his commuting time, but what about his travel expenses?

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Probably not. Similar to commuting time, an employer is not required to reimburse an employee for the travel expenses related to commuting to or from the workplace, unless an express contract calls for reimbursement or other employees in this situation are routinely paid the additional travel expenses.

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