Is it legal to force employees to work In a different city from the fixed location?

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Is it legal to force employees to work In a different city from the fixed location?

Is it legal to force the employees cover weekend schedules, and on occasions, full
week schedules, in a facility located 27.7 miles from the original/fixed work location.
The travel adds hardship to the employees’ commute and expenses.
No travel expenses are offered.

Could you, please, look into this one?

Asked on August 13, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Are there any union/collective bargaining agreements or employment contracts that prohibit this action? Does the employees' treatment constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination or retaliation? If not, then your employer's action is perfectly permissable under the law. The fact is that in an "at will" work relationship, a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes having employees travel to job locations. Additionally, an employer is not required to reimburse workers for their travel expenses, although such exenses may potentially be deducted on the employees' income tax returns.


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