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.