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 am temporarily stationed for duty in North Carolina. Previously, I was temporarily assigned to a duty station in Kuwait. Even though I am on a temporary assignment, I have been ordered to occasionally travel. I believe I am eligible for compensatory time when I travel, is that correct?
Your assumption is correct if your travel otherwise makes you eligible to receive compensatory time. Under 5 C.F.R. §550.1404, it is generally the case that if an employee is required to travel away from her official duty station, in your case a temporary duty station, and the travel time is not otherwise compensable (e.g., the time did not fall within regular duty hours), the Agency must provide the employee with creditable time off. The fact that you are at a temporary duty station does not change your eligibility for compensatory time related to travel.
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.