Business travel restrictions

Employment standards, safety all considerations
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/20/2019

Question: Are there any travelling distance standards or liability issues with limiting the accommodation allowance for business trips to the bare minimum — for example, if an employee is sent to a conference lasting two full days but is only allowed one night’s accommodation and told to fly back late the second night?

Answer: Short answer — yes.

An employer can determine an employee’s working hours, so long as it complies with the Employment Standards Act and whatever is written in the employment agreement. A well-written employment agreement will allow the employer to adjust an employee’s working hours as necessary (such as business travel) so long as the employer complies with the act.