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#209219 - 03/16/13 10:47 AM Travel Time for employees
BigB Offline

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 725
Loc: Tucson, AZ USA
Is there a standard for employee travel time on out of town jobs, what do some of you do? In this case, the employees will ride with me for 4 hours each way and stay over 3 nights with all meals and hotel paid. I am not sure how to compensate them for the travel time and the time away from home.

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#209222 - 03/16/13 01:44 PM Re: Travel Time for employees [Re: BigB]
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Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
IMHO, that is a choice you have to make.

Back in 'the days', being paid to travel, with expenses within reason, were considered normal. ie: leave Monday at 6AM, arrive at site 11AM, work 8-10 hrs w/meal breaks, & head to the hotel. Next day-6AM to ??PM; log hours worked & continue 'till assignment completed. They had no issue with the time, and if expenses were reasonable, no problem.

Now, that was a 'large operation' & back in the good old days.

#209223 - 03/16/13 02:05 PM Re: Travel Time for employees [Re: BigB]
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Registered: 11/14/02
Posts: 246
Loc: California

I pay the normal hourly wage one-way for travel in my vehicle, $20. for food and cover a motel room for up to 3 employees if there is a 3 bed unit or roll-out bed available. $20 seems cheap for food but they would have to buy food at home anyway. I bring an ice chest with gallon milk jugs full of ice and Ma's home cookin. Rarely ever eat out and since the movie Supersize me I avoid fast food with a passion.
As long as employees are making at least minimum wage for all travel time then you're covered in case someone has an issue. If they travel during normal work hours you have to pay them travel time. Most employees realize that business is competitive and if they want to work sometimes they have to go to where the work is.


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