Q: Clock in time dispute with company
My fellow employees and I are having a dispute over compensable time while driving a company vehicle. We are granted access to a company website at 7:00 a.m. to see our routes. I clock in at this time to prepare my route (rearrange drive for optimization), attempt to remotely fix jobs/read notes to determine what is wrong, and check inventory on my truck against my work for the day. The company is demanding we not clock in until we arrive at our first job, but there's no way to know where that is without logging in to that company site. Am I legally in the wrong for clocking in when I do? I have read some of the drive time laws, but none described my situation. Thanks for any advice
A: You should contact an employment lawyer in Texas. Your employer must start paying you when you start performing work that is “integral and indispensable” to the performance of your job. Based on what you stated in your inquiry, checking the website to get this information is 100% necessary for you to perform your job duties. If that is the case, your employer may violating the overtime laws of the FLSA.
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