Should a part-time caregiver be paid gas money for her car and travel time?

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The caregiver works 2-3 hrs per day and the patient lives 20 miles away (40 miles round trip).

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If I were a scamming caregiver, I'd tell you it took me forever to get to work because of some accident on the road; and that the only gas I buy is premium unleaded. Then expect you to pay for the whole thing + work hours. The nerve!

Whatever you pay that high-maintenance vulture for the 2-3 hours is more than enough, even with "proof" of her expenses. Tell her that's all she's going to get. If she starts neglecting her duties, kick her a__ to the curb (not literally) and get somebody else who actually cares.

Good luck my friend.

-- Ed

No she agreed on the pay when she was hired if she goes above and beyond what she was hired for you could give her a little extra but wait to see how she does her job-I tried to be good friends with some of the aides we hired prively from the nursing home my husband had been in short term with one it was ok and with another she wanted more and more and would just not show up-at first I was worried about her -later realized she just did not want to work for us.
No, I wouldn't pay it, in fact, I didn't. It got me to wondering if that person was responsible enough for the job. I offered good pay and if she couldn't manage the gas for the 12 mi it took to get here, how could I trust her to come here if it was raining too hard or snowing. I felt it would be one excuse after another, or worse yet, something may go missing to make up for that extra money she wanted. NO, next...........
In some lines of work, charging for travel time and mileage are pretty standard. If this person's spouse is an electrician, for example, they may assume that is how all jobs in other people's home work. I wouldn't automatically assume this applicant is trying to pull a scam. The important thing is for the employer and employee to agree to the terms of employment upfront, with no surprises to either party. If the location is remote -- 20 miles from anywhere, no busline, etc. it might be reasonable to pay a little above the going rate for the area, whether by a "travel allowance" or a little higher hourly rate. Given today's transportation costs, many people could not agree to work 10 to 15 hours a week and travel 200 miles to do it, unless those few hours paid pretty well, or there was other work nearby, such as another client in the vicinity.
If any cheapskate, scamming client of a lowlife person like Eddie up above says he will not compensate you for gas even if it was agreed upon and is nickle & diming a caregiver for 2-3 hours of work and expect you to pay for your gas and loss of mileage, which is illegal by labor law since it's considered below minimum wage, you should not only set fire to his/her house but also steal everything that's worth a d*mn, including their vehicle and report them to the department of labor. Also kick his/her in the arse(literally)!
Wow, Beotch, why don't you tell us how you really feel? :)

Just so you don't expect a response from him, notice that Eddie's response is about 3 years old.

Talking about what is illegal in one breath and advocating arson in the next is pretty funny, really.

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