What is the law regardig travel time and reimbursement?

Question Details: I work for the state.They have scheduled a mandatory training for us out of town and are requiring everyone 10 people to travel in a van to this training. We will travel during normal business hours from 8 am to 5 pm and be there for 2 days. They have said that if we take our own vehicles, we will not be reimbursed for our travel. I am aware that during the actual training, we will receive hourly reimbursement. Since we are being required to travel together, and will not have access to our own transportation, are they required to pay us during non-training time? Are they required to pay for our travel if we took our own vehicle? Is it legal to make it mandatory to travel as a group?

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