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DOL Seeks to Broaden Compensable Travel Time Rules

In Walters v. Professional Labor Group, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is considering whether travel time to and from remote jobsites requiring overnight stays should be compensable for nonexempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Click here for article.

  • James Walters filed a collective action complaint against PLG, alleging FLSA violations due to unpaid travel time.

  • The district court ruled in Walters' favor, stating that travel time during regular working hours is compensable but did not extend compensation to travel time outside regular hours.

  • PLG appealed the decision, and the U.S. Department of Labor filed an amicus brief supporting the district court's ruling but advocating for all travel time to be compensable.

  • The Seventh Circuit will review whether travel time during regular work hours is compensable and may address the broader question of compensability for travel time outside regular hours, potentially impacting employers with nonexempt employees working at remote jobsites.

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