Travel Contracts & FAQ
Chesapeake Medical Staffing is a great option for travel assignments throughout the nation (or for travlers looking to work in our home market – MD, PA, DE, NY, NJ, TX, DC, and VA). Search our current contracts page for available Contract & Travel opportunities. If you see an assignment that you are interested in, please email your resume to our travel team via E-Mail, or call the office – 410-321-4267 option 6 – for more information on how to pursue that position. You can also Apply Now to receive our periodic emails that contain recent contract openings and overall lists of available assignments. Once you complete the application,you will automatically be added to our mailing list. Or, feel free to Contact Us so we know what sorts of assignments you are looking for and can offer you assignments that fit your criteria. Simply select ‘Contract and Travel Assignments’ from the drop down and we will get back in touch with you as quickly as possible.
Travel Compensation FAQ:
Thank you for inquiring about our travel assignments and reimbursements. Please review the below FAQ and let us know if you have any additional questions. You can also find comprehensive information on our website – Travel Contracts & FAQ – as well as specific licensure information – Travel RN State Licensure Information
What makes me eligible?
You are eligible if your temporary assignment through CMS requires you to live away from your “tax home” – your tax home is defined as the entire city or general area where your main work is located. This would also typically be the area of your permanent residency.
But I thought it was a 50 mile rule? The truth about this urban myth!
Sorry, it does not exist. Nope! Nada! No basis in IRS code. It is just an internal hospital/company policy that has been used so much everyone assumes it comes from the IRS.
According to IRS pub 463, a job is far enough away if “you need to sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home.” If that rest takes place on your own pillow, in your own bed, while it remains in your permanent home, you are not away from home. It does not matter if that job is 90 miles away. By returning home, you are proving that it is within commuting distance of your home = not a travel assignment.
The origin of this “50 mile rule” is based on a threefold series of misunderstandings. #1- There is a fifty mile marker used for state legislators to determine if they are “away from home.” #2- The IRS has a requirement of a new job commute needing to be 50 miles further than the old job commute before moving deductions are allowed. #3- Federal Travel Regulations use a 50 mile rule for determining a metropolitan area for MILEAGE (not for lodging and meals) WHEN a person is working at a SECOND location in addition to a main place of work.
How long am I eligible?
You are eligible for up to one year. After that, your work assignment is considered indefinite rather than temporary.
How much am I eligible for in Per Diem Travel Reimbursements?
Based on the government guidelines, we calculate your reimbursement by adding the applicable meals and incidentals rate to the applicable lodging rate, and determine a daily per diem rate. Here is the government website that outlines these rates, first by state, then by county: www.gsa.gov
How much am I eligible for in Hourly Compensation?
This varies by facility and unit, but you will know in advance prior to CMS presenting you as a candidate for any assignment. Note CMS can adjust hourly rate and tax-free reimbursements to stay within IRS guidelines to come up with a package that works for you!
What will my pay stub / “take-home pay” look like?
We recommend comparing gross pay packages acess agencies, as tax exemptions and benefit costs can vary greatly. However, you can take your gross estimation and plug the details into paycheckcity or smartasset. You can also compare apples to apples travel packages with a handy tool at Nomadicare – The Nomadi-fair Pay Breakdown Calculator
Do you provide housing?
Unfortuantely we do not. We have found travelers find the best fit for housing when they secure it themselves, plus this way they can maximize the stipend and their take home pay. We do offer assistance on a case by case basis for travel relocation or rental cars if needed – just ask your recruiter. There are several sites that help with travel housing. Check out some options below:
Vacation Rental Sites – HomeAway, VRBO, and Airbnb
Travel Nurse Specific Site – FurnishedFinder
Facebook – check out the Gypsy Nurse Travel Nurse Facebook Group and Gypsy Nurse Housing Group
Craigslist – Craigslist
Extended Stay Hotels
What will my staffing agreement look like?
Just ask and we can send over a sample. Again, the Per Diem Travel Reimbursement and Hourly Compensation information will vary by facility and unit. Your staffing agreement will mirror the information you were provided prior to CMS presenting you as a candidate for that specific assignment.
Is there any paperwork involved in this process?
CMS requires that you verify your tax home in order for us to provide you with a Per Diem Travel Reimbursement – we will note your tax home on your staffing agreement for you to review and sign.
For even more details about travel pay, a fre consultation from an expert, the myth of the 50 mile rule, and 50+ FAQs – please check here: Travel Tax 101 – tax prep for travelers
Please let us know if you have any additional questions.