Washington Supreme Court Rewards Employees for Driving Company Cars During Commute

November 2007
Employment Law Notes
A recent Washington Supreme Court decision sheds light on when employers must pay non-exempt employees who use a company vehicle for the commute between their home and a remote worksite. Stevens v. Brinks Home Sec., Inc., No. 79815-0, 2007 Wash. LEXIS 792 (October 18, 2007). Unfortunately for employers, the Court held that the commute in Stevens constituted “hours worked” and was thus compensable under the Washington Minimum Wage Act (“MWA”).