How much must a nonexempt employee be paid for time spent traveling on a business trip?

Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

It depends. An employee does not need to be paid for any hours spent traveling on a trip away from home that is longer than a single workday that occur outside of the employee's regular working hours. For example, if the employee usually works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and travels from noon to 9 p.m., the employee needs only to be paid for the five hours of travel time that occurred during his or her normal working hours - namely, the hours from noon to 5 p.m. This holds true regardless of whether the employee travels on a weekday or a weekend.