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California wage and hour laws for travel time are complex

As in most states, California employment law covering travel time pay is quite complicated. This is necessary to ensure that no worker receives undeserved pay for travel time. At the same time, having such detailed laws ensures that workers get reimbursed for travel time when they do meet the requirements.

We have learned that most employees have a less-than-complete understanding of the state’s employment law governing travel time. Unfortunately, this may mean that many workers are not receiving full or fair reimbursement for their labors.

If you believe this is an issue in your current job, we encourage you to find help exploring the matter. In many cases, an experienced employment law attorney can help you find the answers and solutions you need.

In the meantime, we hope to give you a head start by listing some of the most important points regarding travel time pay in our state.

  • If your employer prohibits the use of your vehicle while working or traveling to and from work activities, he or she must compensate you for travel time
  • If you must attend work-related activities out of town, your employer must compensate you for travel time (time spent flying, traveling by car, etc.)
  • If your employer requires that you travel to a new but temporary location, he or she must compensate you for any extra time it takes to get there
  • Traveling to and from a fixed, regular job site is not compensable
  • Time spent on any leisure activities while out of town on work-related business is not compensable
  • Time spent traveling to a different job site that is reasonably close to your regular job site is not compensable

Our website contains more information about state employment laws as well as your options if an employer violates your rights. We welcome you to continue exploring.


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