Ask HR: Does drive time pay prevailing wage?

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We are looking at a prevailing wage job in another city. The current rules on travel time require employees be paid the prevailing rate at the various worksites to the project. I want to confirm this does not mean they are to be paid prevailing wage while driving between sites.


HR Answer:

Prevailing wage rules only require prevailing wage rates while the employee is working on the job site, so drive time is never included. An employer may pay different rates for travel time than for hours worked at the job site as long as the employee earns at least minimum wage for all hours worked. If choosing to pay different rates, we recommended notifying your employees in advance of these wage details.

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