This will vary depending on the type of travel.
- Special one-day travel to another city: All time traveling on one-day, out-of-town work assignments must be counted as “hours worked.” Deductions may be made, however, for bona fide meal periods and for time spent traveling between the employee’s home and a train station or airport, or the time the employee would normally spend commuting to the regular worksite.
- Overnight travel away: If an employee is required to travel away from home and stay overnight as part of a work assignment, travel time during the employee’s normal workday must be counted as hours worked, not only for regular workdays, but also for non-workdays. For example, if an employee’s regular work hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the employee is required to travel on out-of-town on Saturday and stay overnight, the employee must be paid for all travel time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday (with deductions for bona fide meal periods). Time spent traveling outside of regular working hours during overnight away travel is not compensable as work time. For example, if the employee in this example traveled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the employee does not need to be paid for the time spent traveling between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., because it would be outside of regular working hours. However, if the employee was working while traveling during the extra hour (e.g., reading work materials or working on a laptop computer), this time would be compensable work time.