Employee Rights: California Law Regarding Mileage Reimbursement

According to many California labor law attorneys, the California Law on Mileage Reimbursement is one of the most contested fields of the labor law. Under the state’s Labor Code 2802, employees who drive for work using their own vehicle and incur mileage while discharging duties are entitled to receive reimbursement for the mileage expenses. However, the labor law does not require employers to reimburse mileage expense for driving from home to workplace and vice versa.

As a matter of fact, it is not only the mileage expense that is reimbursable, other utilities that have been incurred in discharge of duty, including cell phone, home computer, certain tools, and internet connection, should also be reimbursed by the employer. Furthermore, employees whose job require working at home may also claim for other reimbursable expenses such as for ink cartridges, office supplies, fax machine, and in some instances allocation of home space to perform their work.

For workers to receive reimbursement for expenses, the California Law on Mileage Reimbursement encourages workers to keep a mileage travel log that indicates the date, starting location and destination, the nature of trip, and the miles driven for each of these trips. For jobs that require long haul, keeping a mileage expense log is very important in recovering the expenses incurred. Take note that mileage reimbursement can add up quickly so it is important to keep a log. IT professionals and outside salespeople who often use their personal vehicle in performing their duty should watch out for employer abuse. Even if a worker is paid a higher wage than other types of workers, it does not bar them from enjoying California Law on Mileage Reimbursement.

If you think you do not receive appropriate reimbursement for mileage expenses or other work-related expenses, it is advisable for you to seek the advice of a qualified California labor law attorney. Your attorney can clarify for your rights under the labor law.

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