Workman Law

Inadequate Reimbursement for Other Expenses

The laws in California governing an employer's duty to reimburse employees for job related expenses apply to all types of expenses incurred. For example, if an employer requires employees to use their personal cell phone for work, employees are entitled to reimbursement for all reasonable and necessary costs associated with the use of the cell phone. The same rules apply to computers, tools, equipment, and uniforms. Employers must reimburse employees for these reasonable and necessary business related expenses required by employers and incurred by employees to do their jobs. With respect to uniforms (which includes clothing with certain distinctive characteristics), the employer is also required to either maintain the uniforms or compensate employees for the reasonable amount of time spent ironing or paying for dry cleaning of the required uniforms.