What can they get away with not paying?

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What can they get away with not paying?

I work for an HVAC company that has me
driving a company truck to clients
houses to do duct tests. Can they get
away with not paying me for travel time
between clients while in a company
truck?

Asked on September 27, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Washington

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

For an hourly, employee, their commute to and from work is not compensable work time. That is they do not need be paid for it. However, time spent at work or traveling to and from work locations must be paid. if your employer refises to pay you for it, then you can file a wage complaint with your state's department of labor.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, they cannot. While (to oversimplify somewhat) your first commute to work and last commute home are not paid, all travel during the work day for work, such as from client's home to another, is paid if you are an hourly employee (and counts towards calculation of overtime). If you are not being paid for your during-the-work-day travel time, contact the department of labor about filing a complaint.


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