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Woodland Hills Work Reimbursement Attorney

The Law Office of Payab & Associates is here to help you navigate California's complex labor. We are a team of skilled attorneys, and we can assist with your work reimbursement claims. 

Workers often face challenges when seeking fair compensation for expenses incurred in their jobs. Our team can work hard to secure your rightful reimbursements. From mileage to home office expenses, we help protect your rights and get the attention you deserve. 

Our team combines experience, dedication, and a comprehensive understanding of state labor laws to advocate for your interests. We believe in direct communication, clear strategies, and aggressive representation to recover every dollar you are owed. 

To discuss your work reimbursement case with our Woodland Hills lawyers, call our office today at (818) 918-5522.

Understanding Your Reimbursement Rights

Under California's labor regulations, specifically Labor Code 2802, an employer must compensate employees for expenses directly tied to their job responsibilities. This law protects workers from bearing the financial burdens associated with the operational costs of performing their jobs.

Employers cannot avoid this responsibility, nor can they persuade employees to relinquish their right to reimbursement. 

Covered reimbursement costs include:

  • Postage costs
  • Rental car fees
  • Travel costs like mileage
  • Training and educational expenses
  • Expenses for business conferences
  • Work-related cell phone and data usage
  • Taxi, rideshare, or public transport fares
  • Entertaining clients or business partners

Remote employees may incur other reimbursable expenses, such as:

  • Computers or laptops
  • Home internet charges
  • Utility bills attributed to work
  • Printers with associated ink and paper costs
  • Digital service subscriptions necessary for work
  • Home office furniture, including desks and chairs

Once an employee receives compensation for purchases, the company retains ownership of these items. Therefore, employees may need to return these items if their employment ends.

Examples of Work Reimbursement Violations 

If your employer fails to pay you back for any of the following expenses, they may be in violation of California law.

Mileage Expenses

Employees who use their personal vehicles to meet client sites or attend off-site meetings can expect mileage reimbursement. 

Cell Phone Expenses

If using your personal phone is a big part of your job, you should expect at least partial payback for your monthly digital communication expenses.

Remote Work Setups

Employees who invest in home office equipment and incur higher utility bills due to work activities can request reimbursement. 

Training and Educational Advancements

Depending on the situation, an employer may be responsible for your continued education as you seek career growth.

Companies can also wrongfully assume ownership of items without reimbursement. When employees purchase work essentials out of pocket, they should be able to keep these items or be paid back for them.

What Should I Do if My Employer Does Not Pay Back My Expenses?

First, gather all pertinent documentation as evidence. This evidence can include receipts, emails, and any other proof detailing the expenses incurred. Record these expenses clearly, noting dates and purposes related to your work. 

Second, prepare a comprehensive report of all unreimbursed costs. This summary helps present your case straightforwardly. Our team can help you prepare this report, making sure it accurately reflects your circumstances.

Next, schedule a meeting with your supervisor or the human resources department. During this meeting, present your documented expenses and explain the situation calmly and professionally. Often, misunderstandings or administrative oversights cause reimbursement issues, and direct communication can resolve them quickly.

If your employer still does not address the reimbursement after this meeting, write a formal complaint letter to higher management or your company's HR department. Include all documentary evidence and a detailed explanation of your previous attempts to solve the issue. We can help you prepare this document. Our team knows the legal language that can help you get the best results.

Should these steps fail to yield results, contact The Law Office of Payab & Associates. We can step in and take over from here. Our team can help make sure your employer complies with all necessary employment laws. While we work on your case, make sure to document any instances of your employer retaliating against you. This step helps further strengthen your case, and it could lead to further compensation.

To meet with our employment reimbursement lawyers in Woodland Hills, contact us online.

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