My current employer expects that any time spent traveling to a customer site is not billable and I will either work on the airplane or take PTO - even if I am flying five hours across the country.
While travel time may not be billable to the customer, it is still time spent performing a duty for my employer. At previous jobs, I logged travel time to the customer, but nonbillable. It counted toward my 40+ hours per week of time worked.
Current employer demands that if I fly out on Monday morning and back on Friday morning, that I do one of the following:
- Work over eight hours during the week to make up for the time spent on travel.
- Work on the airplane (not feasible for short flights with little time over 10k feet)
- Take my own PTO while traveling on company business.
I feel that this policy is morally wrong: if I am traveling to a customer site, that is time I am spending for my employer. How can I work around this policy without taking PTO, working more than eight hours during the week, or not napping on the airplane? What options do I have?
I am FLSA exempt.