When a company refuses mileage pay to a traveling worker – New York News

Carrie Mason-Draffen


Mason-Draffen, a business reporter, writes a column about workplace issues.

DEAR CARRIE: I work as a construction inspector for a small Nassau County firm. When I commuted into New York City, the firm used to reimburse me one-half of the cost of the commute. I figured that was fair since the mileage from my home to the office was deducted from the total, and that averaged 50 percent of the cost. I’m now in another location and have submitted expense reports for commuting to job sites from the office and back. But I am told that I will not be reimbursed. Is this allowed? I thought that labor law considers the office as home base and that the company must pay for mileage for travel to job sites. — Miles to Go

DEAR MILES: Your question actually touches upon two concepts. One concerns mileage reimbursement, and the other is compensation for traveling between worksites.

In the first instance, which largely covers your issue, some companies reimburse employees for mileage when they use their cars for work. But companies aren’t required to do so. And if they don’t, then their employees may be able to write off some of the travel expenses on their taxes.

Regarding the second issue,…

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