Assume a consulting firm (employer) has salaried, exempt consultants (employees), and has a policy that clients are not billed for travel time if they are within a 50 mile radius of the home office. Assume all work is performed in the USA. Assume employer has a policy stating all salaried, full time employees must log at least 40 hours per week in their timekeeping system.
If the employer asks an employee to travel to 5 client sites all 49 miles from the home office, on non-billable activities, and also states that the time spent traveling from client to client should not be entered nor counted towards the minimum 40 hour week, is this legal? None of this travel involves commuting to or from the home.
It seems to be as this is an indirect way of forcing untracked labor. Is this legal?