Q & A Session – Taking Leave for Travel 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.


I need to travel from my home office to another state for a meeting. Because of the available flights, I scheduled a flight at 9 a.m. and I will arrive at my destination around 10:30 a.m. The next flight leaves at 4:50 p.m. and will arrive around 6:30 p.m. My supervisor says I have to reschedule and take the later flight and still come in to work at my regular time (at 9:30 a.m.). This will require me to work an almost 12 hour day. Alternatively, my supervisor says if I take the earlier flight, I will need to take leave to cover the remainder of my 8 hour day. Can my supervisor force me to take leave to complete the 8 hours?


Even when travelling, an employee is still required to work during his/her normal duty hours.  In your case, your management can require you to report to your duty station prior to your departure for official travel.  If your travel results in you working more than a typical 8 hour work day, then you will be entitled to travel compensatory time for the amount of time in a travel status beyond 8 hours.  In the alternative, if your travel will result in you working less than an 8 hour day, your supervisor can require that you use leave to make up the difference.

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

Disclaimer: Ask a Lawyer publishes information on this website for informational purposes only. Information on this website is intended – but not promised, guaranteed, or warranted – to reflect correct, complete and current developments. In addition, the contents of the website do not constitute legal advice and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the attorney. Information from this website is not intended to be used as a substitute for specific legal advice, nor should you consider it as such. You should not act, or refrain from acting, based on information on this website without seeking specific legal advice about your particular circumstances. No attorney-client relationship between you and Ask a Lawyer’s author is created by the transmission of information to or from this site.


About Author

Leave A Reply