Q & A Session – Compensation for Travel to Different Time Zone


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.


How should federal employees calculate compensatory time earned for official travel when traveling to different time zones?


When determining the amount of compensatory time earned by an employee for official travel, the election of which time zone to utilize when selecting your travel start and end times is immaterial, as the employee should be compensated for the total sum of the amount of time spent traveling, regarding of which time zone the calculations of that sum are based upon.

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

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