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Most construction workers are paid by the hour. But that hour includes travel as well as time on-site. Once construction workers clock in at the beginning of the day, they need to be compensated for their time.
Here, we’re going to take a deeper look at travel time pay for construction workers, federal and state regulations, and how to best manage (and optimize) your construction travel time.
What Are the Federal Regulations for Travel Time Pay for Construction Workers?
The Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not address the issue of travel time pay for construction workers specifically. However, there are a few general provisions that may be relevant. Most importantly, the FLSA requires that employees be paid for all hours worked. This includes any time spent working at the job site as well as any time spent traveling to and from the job site, if the travel is considered part of the job.
Time spent traveling will further be included in work time when it comes to required breaks. If an employee is entitled to a break after four hours of working and they travel four hours to a worksite, they would immediately need to have a break upon arrival.
Note that no law that requires employers to pay employees for travel from their home to work. So, an employee’s commute from their home to their regular job site would not be factored in. However, if the employee is sent to a new job site further away on a temporary basis, the employee will need to be compensated.
What Are the State Regulations for Travel Time Pay for Construction Workers?
State laws and regulations related to travel time pay can vary widely. Some states have specific laws that address the issue of travel time pay for construction workers, while other states have no such laws.
It’s important to know the compliance laws in your state—and it’s worth it to check with your board of labor in advance if you have questions about these regulations. In general, most employers will need to pay out employees at their regular rate for any business travel that is done during their work hours.
How to Accurately Track Travel Time Pay
Tracking travel time is really difficult. If you’re replying on an honor system you’re probably over paying and could be saving thousands of dollars.
The good news is that there is a better way. Construction companies are increasingly rolling out GPS time clock apps across their team of construction workers to accurately track driving routes, travel time and mileage. These apps are easy to adopt for construction workers, they simple need to tap to clock in and tap to clock out.
There are many benefits to using an GPS time clock app:
- Travel routes, time and mileage is automatically captured, always accurate and transparent. No more guessing or wondering if employees are inflating the numbers.
- See where your employees are in real-time. Dispatch the employees who are closest to a site and save on travel and mileage. Not only do you save money, but you increase your response time and client satisfaction.
- Easily produce reports for client reimbursements. If clients are paying for travel time, you have a complete paper trail.
- Identify inefficient uses of time. You can see where your employees go and what routes they take. Review your employee travel to identify areas of potential improvement.
- Review your reports when making new bids. Know exactly how much you usually spend on travel, so you can factor it into your costs. Avoid underbidding on a project by underestimating your travel and labor costs.
Improving your revenue is about having the right data. With Workyard, you’ll be able to track travel time for your workers with ease—and make sure that your payroll is accurate.
Track Travel Time Pay for Construction Workers With Workyard
Workyard has been built specifically for tracking travel time, mileage and routes for construction workers. With Workyard everything is automated, employees simply have to clock in and it will take care of the rest.