Inside the Portal-To-Portal Act

The Portal-to-Portal Act clarifies the kind of work time that is compensable.  Employers failing to compensate employees for certain time spent travelling to or from workplaces can be liable for unpaid wages and overtime pay.  While general commuting time to and from work is deemed not compensable, other time spent either on the work site doing preliminary or post-shift activities that are integral to the main work, or between work sites during the workday can be compensable to those employees covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.  

This strategic white paper includes discussions on employer-required activities that take place before and after shifts, Supreme Court interpretations and rulings, and administrator interpretations from the Labor Department.