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The Washington Supreme Court has ruled on this issue recently. The ruling holds that the employee is entitled to wages when returning home from the work site in a company issued vehicle where the emplpoyees are "on duty" during that drive. Some indications of whether the employee is "on duty" are where the employees are only entitled to use the vehicle for company purposes, are not allowed to have non-employees as passengers in the vehicles, are not allowed to run personal errands while using the company vehicle, and are not allowed to carry alcohol in the vehicle, park haphazardly, smoke in the vehicle, or violate any traffic laws in the vehicle. If there are restrictions on these things, the employee is entitled to wages.
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