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When Must I Be Paid for Travel Time During the Workday?

Nathan Eisenberg
Written by: Nathan Eisenberg

Whether or not time spent in travel is working time depends upon the kind of travel involved.  Travel from home before the regular workday and at the end of the workday is typically not treated as work time. This is true whether you work at a fixed location or at different job sites. Normal travel from home to work is not work time.  However, any work which you are required to perform while traveling must, of course, be counted as hours worked.

Travel that is “all in a day’s work” must be paid.  TraveMan driving car, hand on steering wheel, looking at the road ahead,sunset.l from job site to job site during the workday must be counted as hours worked.  If you are required to report at a meeting place to receive instructions or to perform other work there, or to pick up and to carry tools, the travel from the designated place to the work place must be counted as hours worked.

When an employee who regularly works at a fixed location in one city is given a special one day work assignment in another city, travel on that special assignment may be considered work time.  Similarly, travel that keeps and employee away from home overnight is work time.  If an employee who has gone home after completing his day’s work is subsequently called out at night to travel a substantial distance to perform an emergency job for one of his employer’s customers all time spent on such travel is working time.

Your collective bargaining agreement may also provide for pay for some travel time.  Such benefits are in addition to those required by state and federal law governing wages and hours of work.

It is important for all employees to be paid for all of their hours of work.  For additional information email questions about wages to

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