Employee Travel Pay Explained: Wage & Hour Road Rules for HR

August 7, 2012
Business & Legal Reports, Inc.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m EST

Reports coming out of federal and state labor departments speak loud and clear: wage & hour enforcement is stepping up. This recent crackdown gives employers a lot to think about: When is a commute really part of the workday? Which employees are exempt and which ones are nonexempt? What are the rules for meal and break times? How are employees and contractors different?

One pressing question is how to pay employees for travel time. The answer is not simple, and a misstep is bound to be costly. Consider these cases:

  • Automobile retailer CarMax was recently sued for failing to pay overtime. The employee claims the company never paid him for the hours he spent traveling each week to and from automotive auctions.
  • Workers for a Texas construction company filed a collective lawsuit in claiming their travel time to and from a job site should be paid. The suit against Becon Construction Co., Inc., says employees are required to report to a certain location at a certain time to get on a bus and travel to their worksite. The suit, which includes employees who worked at the job site since February 2008, says workers spend approximately 30 minutes traveling every workday.
  • A jury sided with workers for a New Mexico oil well driller who claimed they should have been paid for their commute to a well site because safety meetings were held while riding with a foreman, and they occasionally did other “work” on the way.

Participate in this interactive webinar, and in just 90 minutes, you'll learn everything you need to know to stay in compliance with the latest employee travel time compensation rules:

  • Key tests to determine if travel time is work time
  • How DOL wage and hour regulations may affect your existing workplace travel pay policies
  • Best practices for determining if commuting time or travel during regular work hours qualifies as paid work time
  • Whether travel between job sites is compensable under state and federal law
  • Common compliance roadblocks to conquer, such as discerning how to compensate for overnight travel and paying employees for time spent at training programs, seminars, and conferences
  • Special factors that could change your travel pay obligations, such as employees driving their own vehicles or responding to work-related emergencies
  • How laptops and smart phones affect payment for travel
  • If and when telecommuters may be entitled to compensation for their travel
  • Tips for drafting a legally sound travel pay policy for your organization
  • And more... In just 90 minutes, you'll learn everything you need to know to stay in compliance with the latest wage and hour laws affecting employee travel time compensation. Register now for this event risk-free.

Speaker

Mark E. Tabakman, Esq.
Fox Rothschild LLP

Credits

This program has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI homepage at www.hrci.org. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HRCI of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met HRCI's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

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