Information related to Travel Time under the FLSA

Travel Time

Required Pay for Non-Exempt Employees under the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act)

This following information is provided to assist with determining when non-exempt employees are to be paid for travel time, whether on campus, during the course of a single day, or overnight. If you are uncertain as to what should be reported as hours worked after reading this information, call or email the Human Resources Compensation contact for assistance. Section Number: 785.39 Travel away from home community.

Travel that keeps an employee away from home overnight is travel away from home. Travel away from home is clearly work time when it cuts across the employee’s workday. The employee is simply substituting travel for other duties. The time is not only hours worked on regular working days during normal working hours but also during the corresponding hours on nonworking days. Thus, if an employee regularly works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday the travel time during these hours is work time on Saturday and Sunday as well as on the other days. Regular meal period time is not counted. As an enforcement policy the Division will not consider as work time that time spent in travel away from home outside of regular working hours as a passenger on an airplane, train, boat, bus, or automobile.

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Information Related to Voting for Employees

The State of Missouri will hold their Presidential Preference Primary.

Polling Places are open from 6:00 AM until 7:00 PM and per UM Policy HR-411,

“Any employee who is qualified and eligible to vote in any election held within the State of Missouri shall be excused from duty for a period necessary to allow three (3) successive hours for the purpose of voting, such period to include any off-duty time between the opening and closing of the polls. The employee shall be paid for any time requiring absence from duty to allow three (3) successive hours; provided, however, that such absence is requested prior to election day. The supervisor shall have the right to specify the time an employee may be absent for voting. An employee whose hours of work permit three (3) successive hours between the opening and closing of the polls when not on duty, will not be eligible for any paid time off for the purpose of voting.”

It’s important to accurately report time off for any given election.  The voting time reporting code for BIW employees is “VOT” while the code for monthly employees is “VTM”. Please note: for the March 15th Presidential Preference Primary, only residents of Missouri are eligible to vote, and accordingly, eligible to take advantage of the voting paid time off.

If you have any questions, please contact the UMKC HR Service Center at 816-235-1621. We will gladly assist with any questions you may have.