In a recent case, (Hernandez v. Pacific Bell Telephone Company) the California Court of Appeal clarified a long-standing law that an employee’s voluntary use of a company vehicle during normal commute is not be considered as “hours worked” for purposes of compensation
The company has issued employees who performed home installations use company vehicles equipped with company tools that employees were required to use for installation jobs. Prior to 2009, these employees began and ended their work day in the company parking garage, where the employees picked up and returned their company vehicle on a daily basis. Employees were paid for the time spent travelling from the garage to their first job of the day and the time spent travelling back to the garage after their last job, but they were not paid for the time spent travelling between the garage and their residence.
In 2009, the company started a program where employees were able to voluntarily take the company vehicle home. This enabled employees who chose to participate in the program to drive from home to the first job of the day and, following the last job of the day, drive back to their residence – bypassing the company parking garage. Continue reading NEW CASE: Employee’s Voluntary Use Of Company Vehicle For Commuting Is Not Compensable