|Date||Mon, 5 May 2008 14:58:19 -0700 (PDT)|
Just out of curiosity, why wouldn't an employer just have his employees meet them at the job site each day instead of the office? Wouldn't this be a more economical practice?
Paul LeGrand, Operations Mgr.
The time employees spend commuting to and from their regular place of work each day is not work time, so employers do not have to pay employees for this time. However, work time does include time spent traveling to another location for a special assignment, substantial travel for an emergency outside the normal working hours, and time spent traveling during regular work hours as part of the employeeʼs principal job duties. If an employee reports to a central location to pick up equipment before proceeding to his or her assigned worksite, the time spent traveling to the central location is not work time. The time spent traveling to the assigned worksite is work time. Overnight travel or travel away from home is work time when it cuts across the employeeʼs normal workday and/or requires the employee to work on weekends or days when he or she would not otherwise be required to work. Regular meal periods and time spent sleeping or in other leisure activities while traveling is not work time, and the employer does not have to pay the employee for this time.