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Do employees have to be paid for travel time?

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Whether or not you get travel time as an employee depends on a couple of different factors. First, if you have an employment contract, which is a good idea. If you don’t have an employment contract that requires that your employer pay travel, then it depends on whether you’re what’s called an exempt or non-exempt employee for overtime purposes. In general, if you’re traveling during the business day and you’re paid a salary, no additional compensation is required. If you’re traveling within your regular workplace zone, no compensation is required. There are obligations that pay for travel if you’re going, say, out of town on a business-related trip, or if you’re doing extra driving from workplace to workplace. It’s very specific, so I would recommend to answer that question, you consider having a consultation with your employment counsel.

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