Old Oct 24, 18, 8:01 am
Maxwell Smart
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Originally Posted by darthbimmer View Post
And another thing-- I don't particularly agree with the policy of "per diem is paid at 75% on the last day of travel." That policy embeds assumptions that are false for many business travelers. In particular, the assumption is that 75% is appropriate because, say, on the last day of travel the traveler eats dinner at home and thus doesn't need compensation for that meal. That makes sense in government travel because rank-and-file civil servants (and many in private sector companies who work on gov't contracts) are not expected to travel far outside of working hours. If they're assigned to staff a project onsite through Thursday, they'll work until 5-6pm Thursday, stay another night at the hotel, and spend Friday work hours traveling home. 75% per diem on Friday makes sense. In the business world it's more or less expected that you fly home Thursday night to have Friday available for desk work. When you get home at 11pm Thursday you should receive 100% of the per diem for that day as you've incurred the costs of a full day of travel.
If I remember right, the GSA rules used to split the first and last day into quarters (0000-0600, 0600-1200, 1200-1800, 1800-2400), and you would get proportional amount of the per diem, depending upon when you started and ended your travel. e.g., leaving home at 0900, would get you 75%, leave at 1800 you get 25% for that day. Same on the return, get home at 0300 and get 25%, or get home at 2300 and get 100% for that day.

I assume they went to just a flat 75% for first and last day out of simplicity, and avoid having to deal with tracking/documenting actual times, as well as complications such as when did your travel actually start if you worked part of the day before leaving, or came straight to work when returning, etc.
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