TRAVEL TIME: WHAT CONSTITUTES WORK HOURS
The time you spend commuting between your home and the place you normally work is not considered to be on-the-job time for which you must be paid. But it may be payable time if the commute is actually part of the job.
If, for an example, you are a trucker, and you have to check in at your employer’s office, pick up the truck, and then drive ten miles to reach the starting point for the particular job, your workday legally begins when you check in at the office.
Even if the commute is not part of your job, circumstances may allow you to collect for the odd trip back and forth. You can claim that you should be paid for your time in commuting only when you are required to go to and from your normal worksite at odd hours in emergency situations.
David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (818) 918-5522 or by visiting http://payablaw.com/