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Should I Be Getting Paid For Travel Time?

If your job requires you to travel frequently, you may wonder whether you should be compensated for the time that you spend traveling. Whether or not you deserve compensation for your travel time depends on several things. Workers are entitled to compensation for some travel time, but not all travel counts. Whether you should be paid for your travel time will depend on what your regular work schedule is, whether you must stay overnight, and when and how you commute to the airport or other work location.

Traveling on the job and commuting

Workers are not entitled to receive compensation for the time that they spend commuting to and from work. If your employer requires you to use employer-provided transportation from a central worksite to another worksite, the time that you spend traveling from the central location to the worksite may be compensable.

If you are required to travel during your regular working hours while you are on the job, you are entitled to be paid for that time. For instance, if your employer sends you out on service calls, you must be paid for the time that you spend driving from your workplace to the customers’ locations. Even if your job doesn’t normally involve traveling, you may also be entitled to compensation if you are required to come to your job site during your off hours to handle emergencies.

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Business day trips

If your employer sends you on a one-day trip for your job, your employer must pay you for the time that you spend traveling. Your employer does not have to pay you for the time that it takes you to drive to the airport or to a public transportation hub, however. That time is counted as commuting time.

Overnight trips

The rules are different in cases when your work forces you to travel out of town for more than a day. In that case, you will be entitled to be paid for the time that you spend working. Your right to compensation for the time you spend in transit will depend on when you travel.

You must be paid for the time that you spend traveling during the hours when you normally work. This rule applies if you travel on the weekend but normally work during the workweek if the hour of travel falls within your normal working hours. For example, if you normally work from 8 am to 4 pm and have to leave your office at 2 p.m. to catch a flight for a business trip, you should be paid for the remaining hours of your workday but not the remainder of the time that you spend traveling during the evening. However, if your return flight is scheduled for 9 am on a Saturday and it takes three hours, you are entitled to be paid for all of the time that you spend on the plane.

If you believe that your employer has failed to pay you for travel time for which you were entitled to compensation, you may need legal help. Contact the employment lawyers at Swartz Swidler to schedule your free consultation.

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Phone: (856) 685-7420
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Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: (215) 995-2733