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Travel Time & Travel Time Off


Whether or not travel time is compensable depends on the kind of travel involved. There are three categories of travel time:

      • Commuter Travel
      • Single-Day Travel
      • Multi-Day Travel (includes Travel Time ETO)

See the Related Subjects section at the end of this policy for examples of recording travel time appropriately.


This policy applies to all SHRA employees, both permanent and temporary. However, certain elements of this policy apply only to some SHRA employees, as defined below.

Commuter Travel

For any employee, commuting time from the employee’s home to the employee’s regular work location and back is not considered compensable time, regardless of whether the employee reports to work at a fixed location or to various job sites. “Home” is considered any location of origin for the commute that is at the employee’s discretion.

Single-Day Travel

Single-day work-related travel and/or travel to an alternate work location is considered work time, less the time that would have contributed to the employee’s regular work commute.

For FLSA non-exempt employees, both permanent and temporary, single-day work-related travel contributes to time worked in calculating overtime eligibility.

Multi-Day Travel – Work Time

Multi-day travel is work-related travel that requires at least one overnight stay away from the employee’s home or home community.

For multi-day work-related travel, any travel occurring during the employee’s regular work schedule is considered work time. In addition, any travel time occurring during the same “hours of the clock” on a day that is not a regularly scheduled work day is also considered work time.

For example: For an employee regularly scheduled to work 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, travel time on Sunday between 8 AM and 5 PM would be considered during the same “hours of the clock”.

Both types contribute to time worked in calculating overtime eligibility for FLSA non-exempt employees, both temporary and permanent.

Management may adjust an employee’s schedule for the same work week to accommodate these hours and not incur liability for overtime pay.

Multi-Day Travel — Travel Time ETO

Any travel time occurring outside these “hours of the clock” (less the employee’s regular commute and/or meal periods) is not considered time worked. However, SPA permanent employees may receive Travel Time Equal Time Off (ETO) for these hours.

Travel Time ETO is required for permanent SPA non-exempt employees and is at management’s discretion) for permanent SPA exempt employees.

Temporary and EPA employees are not eligible for Travel Time ETO and do not receive compensation for travel time outside regular work hours as defined in above in “Multi-Day Travel — Work Time”.

Travel Time ETO does not contribute to time worked for determining overtime eligibility and will not be offset by any additional time worked during the work week. See “Determining Time Worked” in the Related Subjects section below.


Travel Time ETO is earned on a hour-for-hour basis. The maximum accrual is 240 hours (pro-rated for part-time employees).

For SPA non-exempt permanent employees:

    • Any hours in excess of 240 (pro-rated) must be paid out for SHRA permanent non-exempt employees as it is earned.
    • Travel Time ETO must be used within 12 months (52 weeks) of its accrual, or it must be paid out.

For SPA exempt permanent employees:

    • Any hours in excess of 240 (pro-rated) are forfeited.
    • Travel Time ETO must be used within 6 months (26 weeks) of its accrual, or it is forfeited.
    • See “Leave/PTO Payouts & Transfers” for more information.

Time Information Management (TIM) System:

See “TIM Website” in the Related Subjects section below for information on recording Travel Time ETO.

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For questions about recording travel-related time on a Time Record, or if you have questions about your leave balances, contact your department’s TIM Administrator or your school/division’s HR Office, or visit the TIM website (listed below).

If you have questions about this policy, contact the Classification and Compensation Specialist in the Office of Human Resources assigned to work with your department.

Related subjects

Determining Time Worked

Leave PTO Payouts & Transfers

Time Information Management (TIM) Project Web Site

Example 08 – Travel Time External Resource PDF Document