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Does an employer have to pay overtime for travel during the work day?

Yes, an employer may have to pay overtime for travel during the work day if more than 40 hours are worked in a single work week. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires your employer to pay you for time spent traveling during normal work hours.  Therefore, if your job duties require you to travel and your hours exceed 40 hours, you most likely should be paid for that drive time.

This does not mean that your travel time to and from work requires payment.  Under the FLSA, an employer is not obligated to pay an employee for that time. However, travel between job sites during the work day is considered “hours worked” or rather work time and requires appropriate payment.

If you or someone you know has been denied overtime pay for travel during the work day it is important to talk with one of our experienced unpaid overtime attorneys. Every case is different.  We will discuss your case with you and determine whether or not you may be entitled to file a wage claim.

There are strict time deadlines for filing lawsuits, so it is essential that you contact our law firm immediately. If you wait too long, you may lose your ability to recover some or all of your back pay. Call (855) 754-2795 now for a free, no obligation case review.  We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means you do not pay any legal fees whatsoever until we win or settle your claim.

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