California Unreimbursed Employee Expenses

unreimbursed expensesThe California Labor Code Section 2802 states that employers must reimburse employees for all necessary, job-related expenses or losses the employee incurs, such as tools, supplies, travel expenses, mileage, food, lodging, and other business expenses. If the employee incurred expenses and the expenses incurred are necessary to do the job, the employer must reimburse the employees for those expenses.

Under state law, the employer must reimburse the employee for the total expenditures incurred. For example, an employer cannot place an arbitrary cap or limit on expenses. Also, expense reimbursement does not depend on the employees' position or salary.

Examples of employee reimbursement violations
  • An employee charged to replace lost keys, tools, supplies or other company materials but not reimbursed.

  • An employee asked to purchase computer equipment, software, or other required tools but not reimbursed.

  • A cashier forced to pay differences of cash register shortages.

  • A retail salesperson required to buy company clothing as a "uniform" but not reimbursed.

  • An employee required to use personal vehicle for business-related activities or travel but not reimbursed for gas, mileage, or parking.
Employees should file a complaint as soon as possible to avoid a Statue of Limitations. Employment law specialists may be able to recover lost expenses and interest as a result of reimbursement violations. Attorney fees may also be recovered.

Unreimbursed Employee Expenses in the News

MAR-12-07: Legislators scramble as IRS investigates business expenses and unreimbursed employee expenses. [NEWSDAY: UNREIMBURSED EXPENSES]

MAR-06-07: Unreimbursed employee expenses may be eligible for tax deductions. [TIMES COMMUNITY: UNREIMBURSED EMPLOYEE DEDUCTIONS]

APR-11-06: Unreimbursed employee expenses can pinch financially. [KESQ: UNREIMBURSED EMPLOYEE EXPENSES]

Unreimbursed Employee Expenses Lawyers

If you work in California and incurred expenses to do your job for which you received either no reimbursement or inadequate reimbursement, you may be entitled to recover the full amount of the expenses incurred. Please fill in our form on the right to submit your complaint to a lawyer for a free complaint evaluation.
Last updated March 14 2007

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