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Asked on: 4/16/08, 1:53 pm

Wage and hour w/OT

I own a small non-medical home care agency that provides help for seniors. Our employees start their day by travel form home to a client’s residence for a scheduled amount of time and then they travel to the next residence and so on until they return home. Schedules very from day to day and employee to employee because the needs of each client is different. I pay the employees on average $9.00 per hour; do I need to pay them travel time from one client to the next? I know I have to track the time for O.T. For example, if I have an employee works 4 hours at a client's home then travels 15 min. and starts the next case 1/2 hour later and works another 4 hours, and they do this 5 days a week. They would have worked 40 hours providing care and incurred 2.5 hours of time between clients. If I pay them $9 x 40 = $360.00 plus 2.5 x $13.50= $33.75 O.T. Do I still need to pay them regular pay for the 2.5 hours, since $360/42.5= $8.47 is above minimum wage?

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