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  • Question about driving company vehicles Texas

    Hello all..
    I have a question about companies that require you to drive a company-issued vehicle.

    There has been some debate lately going on about when we get into our company-issued vehicle (which is labeled with the name of the company) about whether or not that constitutes the start of our workday.. or does the workday start when we arrive at our first job site? (we visit multiple job sites during a workday period.) Also, we have to do a cursory inspection of the vehicle every day..

    The other question i have is this... My company pays us for hours worked.. however.. my company has a two-hour minimum at each job site. So we may "Bill" 8 hours in a day, but have actually worked less than that.
    Do they have to pay us for hours worked, or pay us on hours billed? A co-worker mentioned something about this policy violated the Sarbanes-Oxley act.

    any help would be appreciated..


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    Driving a company vehicle does not, in and of itself, make the drive time compensable. If you are required to pick up the company vehicle at the office, then drive to the first job site (and vice versa at the end of the day), then the time driving is compensable. If you take the company vehicle home and drive from home to the first job site (again, vice versa at the end of the day), that is commute time and is not compensable, the company name on the vehicle not withstanding.

    Just because the company has a "bill" 2-hour minimum does not mean they have to pay the employees for 2 hours if they didn't work two hours. As a (presumed) nonexempt employee, the law only requires that you be paid for the time actually worked. The two are not related, and billing the client for a 2-hour minimum when you only work (and are paid for) 1 hour is not a violation of the Sarbannes-Oxley Act.
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    • #3
      Thank you, PattyMD...
      You have cleared this matter up for me...


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