To Pay or Not to Pay #1: Training & Travel Time
In this space last month was an article about whether and when rest and meal periods must be paid. This month, it's two new subjects.
On November 3rd, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued two new opinion letters. One was about when a non-exempt employee's travel time must be paid. The other addressed when an employee's voluntary attendance in web-based training must be paid. For example:
Q: Is the time an employee spends voluntarily watching a webinar during the employee’s regular working hours that is not related to his or her job considered time worked, which must be paid?
Q:If an employer offers transportation from the employer’s place of business to a local work site and a non-exempt employee chooses to drive him or herself, does the employee’s travel time count as time worked?