Unpaid driving time.?
My husband works for a pivate electrical company(wireing houses and such). He doesnt have his license, so i guess you could consider him an apprentice. The issue is effecting the whole company, not just him. The owner has put GPS systems in all of the work vans, he can see how long it takes them to drive to a work site, how long the van idols, if they are speeding, if they take a longer route than nessesary. And on top of that the owner isn't going to pay them for the drive to the job site anymore. This means, he has to be at the shop at 7am, if it takes them an hour to get to a job site, thats an hour that he isnt going to get paid. Is this legal? And, if they are not getting paid are they considered 'at work' will they be covered under the comanys auto insurance if they aren't 'at work'?
Thanks for your help!!
first of all it may not be a free country anymore but he can still quit and get a different job. I believe as of this date he can still start his own company and make his own rules if you dont like the ones provided by his employer.
he should be covered by his employers auto policy provided he is on the job or traveling to and from work. Most of your concerns could of been answered before he started.
the fact that the employer checks up on the employees is the way jobs go.
hes lucky he gets an employee van to drive to work. generally people not only travel to work on their own time but supply their own vehicles as well.
Sounds like some of his coworkers have been taking advantage, its sad that a few bad apples can ruin it for everyone else.
I think he has to pay them for travel time from the shop to the job site:
' Time spent by an employee in travel as part of his principal
activity, such as travel from job site to job site during the workday, must be counted as hours worked. Where an employee is required to report at a meeting place to receive instructions or to perform other work there, or to pick up and to carry tools, the travel from the designated place to the work place is part of the day's work, and must be counted
as hours worked regardless of contract, custom, or practice.'
Legally, he is on the payroll when he leaves the shop. If they let him take the van home, then he is required to be on the job at starting time with no travel pay. You can contact the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) for confirmation of the facts.