Anchorage, AK asked in Employment Law for Alaska

Q: Employer says company won’t compensate for weekend travel per “company policy” but state dept. of labor info differs?

Traveling for work purposes out of state (to CA). Company booked flight for Saturday morning, departing 6am, arriving at 6:30pm in CA. Working the following day (Sunday). Company says travel will only be compensated during normal employee hours per policy (job is mon-fri, 8-5pm). But state dept. of labor pamphlet says: “Travel away from home is clearly worktime when it cuts across the employee’s workday. The employee is simply substituting travel for other duties. The time is not only hours worked on regular working days during normal working hours but also during the corresponding hours on nonworking days. Thus, if an employee regularly works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday, the travel time during these hours is work time on Saturday and Sunday as well as on the other days.“ This means employer’s policy is incorrect? Though flight departs Saturday morning 6am, there should be compensation from 8am-5pm (regular work hours)? How to proceed convo w/employer to fix this?

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Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Alaska

A: You should provide copies of the California Division of Labor Standards enforcement as well as the Alaska Department of Labor print outs showing that travel time on weekends is still compensable work time.

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