Employer payments for travel expenses

Many employees in Tennessee engage in travel within the state and to other states for work purposes on a regular basis. Employers who require their employees to travel for work must comply with work regulations for travel reimbursements. Workers should be paid for any time spent traveling for work, but employers do not need to compensate workers for time spent going to and from work.

Commuting is not counted as work time, and payment for an employee's work time during a commute to work is not deductible by employers on their corporate taxes. Employees should be compensated when they are engaged in any travel that is for work-related activities.

Some employees travel in vehicles that have been provided by their employer. The Department of Labor does not consider time spent in an employer-owned vehicle to be work-related if it is commuting or incidental to an employee's job duties. Travel between work locations during regular work hours is not commuting, and the employee should be paid for their time.

Employees should be paid for time and expenses when they go out of town for work purposes. A salaried employee probably does not need to be compensated for additional time but should be compensated for extra expenses. Employees should pay for personal expenses not related to business trips themselves.

Employers who do not compensate their employees according to state and federal regulations may be in violation of wage and hour laws. An employee who feels that they have not been compensated for their time spent at work may benefit from consulting an attorney experienced in wage and hour law cases.

There are different types of wage and hour violations, including failure to pay wages, underpaying, asking employees to work off the clock and illegally misclassifying employees to justify paying them less. An attorney may be able to identify violations and help employees protect their legal rights.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Free Consultation

Get Started With Your Free, No-Obligation Consultation

Let us be clear when we say "you pay us nothing unless we win." Your relationship with our law firm begins with a free consultation. You meet directly with one of our experienced lawyers. When you become our client, we never ask you to open your checkbook. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means our fee only comes from the proceeds from a successful verdict or settlement.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

McCune Zenner Happell, PLLC The Parklane Building, 5200 Maryland Way Suite 120 Brentwood, TN 37027 Phone: 615-953-8337 Phone: 615-425-3476 Fax: 615-251-6958 Brentwood Law Office Map

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers Best Law Firms U S News
  • Nation's Premier NAFBA Top Ten Ranking 2014