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Compensating a Nonexempt Employee for an Overnight Business Trip - Worked Example

Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

It can be difficult to determine how much nonexempt employees must be paid when they take overnight business trips. Some common business trip activities count as hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) while others do not.

It should be noted that overnight doesn't necessarily mean that the employee is traveling on a red-eye plane that leaves one day and arrives the next. Rather, it simply means that the employee is kept away from home overnight, as opposed to "travel that is all in a day's work."

This Worked Example addresses some of the most common activities performed by employees on a business trip and then applies them to an overnight hypothetical scenario.