The Maryland Supreme Court ruled this month that hourly employees must be compensated for time spent traveling from one workplace to another under certain circumstances. The court determined that the federal Portal-to-Portal Act, which provides that travel to and from a primary worksite is generally non-compensable, was never adopted in Maryland. Conversely, Maryland wage laws provide that compensation is due for all “hours of work”, which includes “travels during regular work hours” or “travels from one worksite to another.” Consequently, state laws and regulations are not preempted by the federal law and Maryland workers have compensation rights beyond those required under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Employers in The First State must pay hourly workers for their waiting and travel time if a job requires shuttling to and from a worksite, a reality that may be especially relevant during the current labor shortage if employees from one store are sent to cover shifts at another.