Are employers required to reimburse employees for work expenses?

Yes, California law requires employers to reimburse employees for certain work expenses incurred while doing their job. Many employers have policies that specify which costs qualify for reimbursements, depending on an employee’s job details. Here are some common types of reimbursements:

• Mileage and toll expenses
• Travel costs such as airfare and hotel accommodations
• Conference attendance fees
• Business use of a personal cellphone
• Uniform costs
• Training
• Postage
• Internet charges

Not all expenses qualify for reimbursement under state labor laws. For example, a company is not obligated to compensate employees for meals during a work trip or traffic fines.

To be reimbursed, an employee’s expenses must be both necessary and reasonable, as well as incurred as a direct result of performing work-related tasks. The employer should also know the costs are being incurred.

Employers cannot force employees to waive their right to qualifying reimbursements. They are also not allowed to fire or otherwise retaliate against workers who ask to be reimbursed.

If your employer has failed to reimburse you for qualifying expenses, contact the experienced Oakland employment lawyers at Erlich Law Firm. We can answer all your questions about reimbursements and your rights as an employee.

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