A common concern for roofing contractors is when and how to
compensate employees for travel time. Many roofing contractors are
unaware of the circumstances that require them to pay employees for
time spent traveling to and from work. If you mistakenly assume the
time an employee spends traveling to and from work is not
compensable, you may be surprised if you are audited by the U.S.
Department of Labor (DOL) and consequently required to pay large
sums of money for back wages and applicable interest. Therefore, it
is important you understand when employees are entitled to
compensation for time spent traveling to and from work.
The legal basis for an employee’s entitlement to
travel-time compensation is found in the Fair Labor Standards
Act’s (FLSA’s) amendments, which commonly are referred
to as the Portal-to-Portal Act. These amendments make commuting
time to and from work noncompensable but include certain
The Portal-to-Portal Act states no employer should be liable to
his employees for failing to pay minimum wages or overtime
compensation for time spent traveling to and from an actual place
of performance of the principal activities a company’s
employees are employed to perform. This includes time before a
particular workday commences and after a workday ceases. In other
words, travel time at the beginning and end of a workday need not
be counted as work time unless...
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