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Five Work-Related Expenses Your Employer Should Cover

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San Jose, CA employment law attorney employee expensesWhile expense accounts are seen as a perk in some companies, the reality is that employees in a variety of fields are entitled to be reimbursed for money that they spend while performing their jobs. These expenses can add up to significant amounts of money, and if your employer has failed to pay for work-related expenses, you should consult with an employment law attorney to learn about your rights and options.  

Employee Expense Reimbursement

Many larger companies track and reimburse expenses submitted by employees, and there are a variety of programs available to assist in calculating and repaying employee expenses. However, employees at smaller companies are often not so lucky. While California law does require employers to reimburse workers for necessary expenditures and losses incurred on the job, it is not uncommon for workers to have to absorb these expenses themselves. 

The most common types of job-related expenses covered under the law include: 

  1. Vehicle Costs: If you are required to use your vehicle in the course of performing work-related duties, such as making deliveries or shuttling clients, your employer is obligated to reimburse you. Reimbursement may be based on the actual mileage, or it can take the form of a lump sum payment adequate to cover your expenses.  
  2. Travel Expenses: If you are required to travel out of town, whether for the day or overnight, your employer is liable for these costs as well. This should include transportation and lodging costs, as well as a per diem for food or other expenses. 
  3. Cell Phones: If you are required to use your cell phone as part of your job, such as in making calls to clients, your employer must offset some of the expense. Even if you have an unlimited cell phone plan, your employer must contribute a percentage of the cost. 
  4. Tools and Supplies: Unless you are an independent contractor performing work under a contract stating otherwise, employers are required to reimburse you for tools, equipment, and supplies that are required to perform the tasks you are assigned. 
  5. Uniforms: If your employer requires you to wear a uniform, they are obligated to either provide it or to reimburse you for the cost you incur. 

Contact a San Jose, CA Employment Lawyer

If your employer has failed to reimburse you for work-related expenses, you may be able to hold them liable for your out-of-pocket costs, along with any other damages you suffered, as well as your attorney’s fees. To discuss your case with our skilled San Jose employment law attorneys, reach out to the Jachimowicz Law Group. Call our office at 408-246-5500 today to request a free consultation.   

Sources:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=LAB&sectionNum=2802.

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