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Sometimes I travel to a TDY location that is four hours away. My supervisor says that I have to start work on my travel day to complete the eight-hour workday. Is this correct or am I allowed to stop for lunch, check into my hotel, and clean up? I always thought that the sole purpose of a travel day was for travel. Could you please clarify this?
Whether on travel or reporting to your normal duty location, a Federal employee is required to complete their normal tour of duty. Thus, in your case, your manager correctly requires you to report to your temporary duty station after four hours of travel time in order to complete your normal tour of duty. Of course, just as with a tour of duty at your regular duty station, you would likewise be entitled to a lunch break and other reasonable personal breaks.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
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