Do we have to pay employees for dropping off the mail at the post office?

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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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.