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The job site I recently got assigned to (it's actually three sites, one location) is our current primary project with many others starting soon. I don't want to be stuck at this site too long. It costs me $1000 in gas a month, a minimum of three hours a day driving, and it's in the snow and I have a two wheel drive truck. It also rarely gets above 32° during the day so I am freezing all day. He has given me money in the past for gas, but said once my new pay schedule got implemented (which it has already) I would need to pay for my own gas. This is in California if that matters.

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    Are you a contractor or an employee?
    – Aida Paul
    Commented Feb 11 at 9:06
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    Do you have a contract that gives you any more rights than the legal minimum of "at will"?
    – nvoigt
    Commented Feb 11 at 9:32
  • Does your employment contract say anything about where you will work, or any other provisions regarding location?
    – Stuart F
    Commented Feb 13 at 15:50

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You "relay to your boss" by talking to your boss. Tell them your issues and ask if anything can be done about them.

If the answer is no, you get to decide whether you can tolerate this or want to quit over it. Our standard advice here is not to quit until you have a signed contract, with a start date, for the new job (but allow for a proper notice period).

Note that miles driven to somewhere other than your official work location/office are tax deductible in the US, so you may be able to recapture at least some of that cost. Can't vouch for elsewhere, and it depends on how your workplace is defined.

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  • Agree. A good way to start the conversation might be, "I hate travelling to this work site." Might as well just spit it out. You could possibly be reimbursed for the cost of travel, but never the loss of hours from your lifespan, especially if there is an accident on dangerous roads. Commented Feb 14 at 2:07
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    There are many people for whom long commutes, or multi-day excursions, or many hours behind the wheel for other reasons, are a normal part of the job. Some folks even enjoy it. Others figure out ways to make it more tolerable -- audiobooks, podcasts, whatever. Heck, I knew someone who accepted a 2-hour-each-way daily commute because he liked the job in the city but needed property with a building large enough to house his pinball machine collection... It's all tradeoffs. Either they work out to something you can adapt to and accept, or they don't and you try to find a job that does.
    – keshlam
    Commented Feb 14 at 3:42
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    If your contract specifies a particular work location but you are asked to go somewhere else much further away, then the trip time between these two places should be paid work time. If the company doesn't want to pay you for that they need to specify that in the contract.
    – quarague
    Commented Feb 14 at 13:09
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I'm guessing you actually want your boss to assign you to a less onerous job?

There are two sides to this: you hate the job for all the reasons you listed, your boss needs someone to do the work you've been assigned.

The best way to get out of it is to give you boss an alternative solution. Perhaps there's someone else who would be happier to do the work, someone who lives closer or doesn't mind the cold? Or perhaps you could persuade your boss to give you an allowance to stay closer to the site? Or do some of the work off-site?

At the moment your boss has one problem which is getting the work done so that your employer gets paid. When you talk to him you don't want to leave him feeling that he's got two problems: the work and your willingness to do the work. Try to find a way to get yourself out of the situation without too much of a downside for your boss.

Of course if there are no alternatives it becomes a matter of suck-it-up or quit.

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The issues you mention are things managers always take into account. Chances are that your boss is already aware and they know that you don't like it.

You can openly say that you don't like it. But when you say it you should also pay close attention to the body language. If he is telling you that the kind of refund you had in the past is no longer available in fact he is also cutting your pay. Bosses do this kind of thing only when they have a replacement available. So, you should try to understand how much he is willing to retain you.

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