Question: We have employees that occasionally drive between our local offices during the day. One employee claims that he should be getting reimbursed for mileage between offices because he is using his own car, is he right?
Answer: Yes, in Massachusetts. The answer will depend on what state you are in.
455 CMR 2.03(4)(b) requires the employer to reimburse the employee for travel time and to reimburse the employee for all transportation expense. The employer is not required to reimburse the employee for commuting expenses to and from work, but is responsible for travel expenses from employee’s home office to other offices.
455 CMR 2.03: Hours Worked
(4) Travel Time
(b) An employee required or directed to travel from one place to another after the beginning of or before the close of the work day shall be compensated for all travel time and shall be reimbursed for all transportation expenses.
(a) Ordinary travel between home and work is not compensable working time. However, if an employee who regularly works at a fixed location is required, for the convenience of the employer, to report to a location other than his or her regular work site, the employee shall be compensated for all travel time in excess of his or her ordinary travel time between home and work with allowance for associated transportation expenses.