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    Recently, the company I work for, had a meeting to let all of the employees know that it was a requirement to work out of town when needed. This is not very convienient for someone with small children and a wife at home. Nonetheless, when I requested to stay home, they gave me a week off with no pay. So, now I was forced to work 2 hours from home with no paid travel time, and have no choice but to stay in a 2 bedroom apartment with 4 sometimes more other people. There are no beds, just mattresses on a dirty floor, no television, and they only give us $11.50 a day perdium pay. That is only 3 of the 4 days we have to stay there. The last day , since we are not sleeping over, they feel we dont need to eat anything . Therefore, we get nothing on that day, even though we don't get home until around 8:30 p.m. I cant help but feel that some of this is illegal. None of the employees that go out of town are paid salary. We fill out time sheets, and like I said before, we are not paid travel time. Some are even asked to drive their own vehicle down. If anyone has any advice, please help. Thank You.

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    Sorry, no, unless you have a bona fide employment contract that defines your work hours/days, it's not illegal. The employer is free to change the work rules as business needs change.

    I take it you're a nonexempt employee (generally speaking, hourly-paid)?

    Normally, travel time for nonexempt employees is compensatory if the travel occurs during your regularly scheduled working hours, even if that travel occurs on a non-scheduled work day.

    There is no law in Ohio that the employer reimburse you for business-related expenses.

    Sounds like it may be time to dust off the resume.
    Last edited by Pattymd; 02-21-2008, 05:23 AM.
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