does an employee who clocks in be paid for travel time to a work meeting an hour and half away from home?

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does an employee who clocks in be paid for travel time to a work meeting an hour and half away from home?

Had to travel to Humboldt Tennessee
from Memphis Tennessee for a work
meeting. I normally clock in for work
and clock out when leaving work. The
drive to Humboldt was an hour and a
half and the Drive come back home was
an additional hour and a half. The
meeting it self was 6 hours.
I was told by my employer I only be
paid for the meeting time and .45 cent
a mile but not the time for driving to
the meeting and back.
I thought I would be paid for the
driving time since I normally time in
for work.

Asked on March 3, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If an employee is occasionally required to travel to another location, say for a business meeting, that time is compensable. That's because this isn't ordinary home-to-work travel and was required by your employer. Again, you must be paid for the additional time spent traveling so long as you are a "non-exempt" (i.e. typically hourly) worker.

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