What is the accepted and appropriate way to pay for travel time? Is it legal to pay employees a different rate for travel time?

Under Federal Fair Labor Standards, employees need not be paid to travel between their home and work. When work requires travel between worksites they must be paid. If the workers are required to report to the office, the office is considered the first and last worksite for each day. The total hours worked in a week includes the actual hours worked at worksites plus the travel time between worksites, including to and from the office except when leaving or returning home. Overtime standards may apply. The overtime rate is based on the average rate. Different rates for driving and work at sites is legal (a somewhat gray area). If an employee takes lunch break between assignments, the travel time between assignments must be paid less the time spent taking lunch.

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