Q & A Session – “Usual Wait Time” for Travel Compensatory Time


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


Is there a “usual wait time” definition for travel that consists of multiple sets of flights? I have heard that only two hours can be claimed, even if the person traveling has to wait for over 2 hours for the next flight. Is this correct?


Pursuant to 5 C.F.R. § 1504(b)(1), time in a travel status includes the “usual waiting time that precedes or interrupts such travel,” and the “[d]eterminations regarding what is creditable as ‘usual waiting time’ are within the sole and exclusive discretion of the employing agency.”

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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