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Travel time

I live in TX and my company is centered here but we work in other states, so I have to travel to go to work with the company vehicle. Once I’m out of state, I may have to go to another state before I can go home. Is my employer required to pay my travel time? For example, I was working in NY but then I had to travel to MN for the next job site.

Asked on December 7, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

When travel time must be paid is one of the most complicated topics in labor law, but to oversimplify, travel done during work hours is paid; travel done before or after your normal work hours, or on a weekend (or whatever is the "weekend" for you, given your schedule) is not paid. Basically, travel out of state on your own time is considered your own time, not paid work time, but during work time is part of your job. Obviously, this only applies to non-exempt employees; if you are a salaried exempt employee, your weekly salary is your total compensation for all work, all travel, etc. during that week.

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