Is my employer supposed to pay me travel time from the office, which is our central meeting location, to the job site and back to the office?

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Is my employer supposed to pay me travel time from the office, which is our central meeting location, to the job site and back to the office?

I am required to meet at the office and then go 1.5 hours to the job site then back to the office. I have brought this up with my boss and the conversation

goes nowhere. Each time ending with him saying I’m not going to get paid. One time he told me to get the code section that says I should be paid, so I showed him. He read it and said I’m not getting paid my travel time. Am

I entitled to get it?

Asked on June 29, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you are. While payment for employee travel is a complicated issue and is very fact-specific, one thing is clear: if you go to your office or workplace first, then drive to the job or work site, then drive back to the office, the drive time to/from the job site, coming as it does during the work day, in between your commute to/from work, is work time and must be paid if you are an hourly employee. (If you are salaried, you do not get any additional compensation for travel time.) If your employer will not pay you, you could file a complaint with the federal or state department of labor.


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