At the end of the day, employees drop off the company mail on their way from the office to their home. Does this time need to be paid since it is during their travel time home?

Posted  07-13-2011

Ann Kiernan replies:

Yes, according to the Department of Labor’s Hours Worked Advisor. All of the time from the work site to the point where the employee finishes the last work-related duty must be counted as hours worked. So, the time spent taking the mail from the work site to the post office is hours worked. The time that the employee spends going home from the post office is ordinary home-to-work travel, and is not paid time.

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