Monday, July 03, 2006

Maryland State Employee Only Entitled to Pay for Travel Time that Exceeds Ordinary Commuting Time

The issue in Comptroller v. Miller is whether a State employee is entitled to pay for all time spent commuting from home to a remote work station. The State employee claimed she was entitled to compensation for all of her travel time, without deducting the time normally spent commuting to the office. The Comptroller argued that the employee was not entitled to pay for time the employee would have otherwise spent commuting work.

The Court of Special Appeals sided with the state and noted that under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees are not entitled to pay for travel within their normal commuting area.

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