How do you pay for drive time?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by TroutBum, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. TroutBum

    TroutBum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    I would like to know how some of you with hourly employees are paying for drive time at the beginning and end of the day. Do you pay from the moment they leave the shop to the moment they return? Do you pay from the time they leave the shop to the time they finish the last job of the day? Just curious how others are doing this. Thanks
  2. Tommy Boy

    Tommy Boy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    From the time they report to the time they clock out they are your employees, and they have every expectation to be paid for the entire time they sepnd working for you. You can't nickle and dime this. You have to pay it. You have to deduct the drive time out of your total production day time and ensure your are charing enough to cover the drive time and also maintenance, and breaks the crew takes. This is why bigger outfits have to charge more per job, due to overhead just like this.
  3. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    Dont be cheap, pay these guys for ride time........
  4. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    We do mostly landscape install and typically go to one job site per day. I pay from the time we leave the shop until we leave the job unless we have to load or unload once we get back to the shop. Most other construction companies operate this way or it is the employee to get to the construction site. This is just my opinion and the way I do things.
  5. Tim Johnson

    Tim Johnson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I think the only way around not paying your guys for drive time is to pay them by piece work. Pay them a set amount for every lawn they mow. Only bad part about that is the crews quality of work will start to go down.
  6. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Last I checked slavery was abolished.

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