Re: Should I Get Paid Mileage
your job station is wherever your employer tells you to report to. If that is the office, then anything after that is work time and you would get paid for it. If you are to report to some different site, then driving to work there would be no difference than driving to the office and there is no requirement to pay you for this. As well, unless I am mistaken, this is not tax deductible either as it is simply driving to and from work, which is not deductible.
I suspect if you report to your office first and punch in and claim the drive time to the other work site as work time, I would suspect you would join the ranks of the unemployed shortly. You have no right to unilaterally make such decisions unless your boss authorizes you to make such decisions.
Based on your post:
I suspect you do not have the authority to make the call.
I was told because I report directly to work in the other county and drive directly home
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.