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Is an employer required to pay prevailing wages for travel

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Is an employer required to pay prevailing wages for travel time to and from a jobsite?
Example: XXXXXfrom company yard to jobsite in company vehicle.
8 hours worked on jobsite.
XXXXXfrom jobsite back to company yard in company vehicle.
Please site applicable labor code sections.
Thank you,
Debra Franco
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  Tina replied 6 years ago.
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Yes. Employers are typically required to pay employees for travel to and from the worksite from the employer's place of business.

Here is a link with regard to contractors and prevailing wages:

Under the FLSA and state law, private employers must typically pay for such commute time as well.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

This is for California not Arizona.


I understand that payment for travel is required. But at what hourly rate?

Prevailing rates (determined by the California Department of Labor) or a rate determined by the employer (no less than minimum wage).


Thank you.

Expert:  Tina replied 6 years ago.
Here is the link for you:

If your employer is required to pay prevailing wages, then the prevailing wage would typically be the rate at which you should be paid.

If not, they can normally pay as little as minimum wage for the drive time, plus any overtime rate that may apply.

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