Travel pay in san francisco

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Travel pay in san francisco

Inventory company transports workers in van to out of town locations to count inventories, they do not pay for the first hour of travel and pay state minimum wage after that first hour. What is the law for when travel pay starts and what minimum wage should be paid the town of origin or state pay?

Asked on November 17, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Travel pay starts for any travel *after* the employee gets to the office/warehouse/shop/etc.--i.e. the employer's location--until the end of the normal work day. If the employee travels directly from home to a worksite, they should be paid after they have traveled a distance equivalent to how long or how far they would have traveled to get from home to the employer's location. For example: an employee lives 1/2 hour from the employer's office. He travels directly from home to a different worksite an hour-and-half away: he is paid for an hour of that time (starting after the first half hour, which represents the travel he would have otherwise done from home to the office, which is not paid). 
If he went to the office first, then he is paid from the moment he started traveling from there to the worksite.
Similar rules apply on the trip back from an offsite worksite. 
There is therefore no hard-and-fast rule: it depends on what the employee's normal commute would be. Some reasonable, logical rounding or averaging of travel time is permitted.
The would get at least the minimum wage for the state they are based out of.

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