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Many employees have been working remotely in California for most of 2020. If you switched to working from home, make sure you are being properly reimbursed for all expenses as required by California labor laws

Due to restrictions, guidance, and precautions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies in California have transitioned as many employees as possible to remote work. With employees working from home, employers can continue operations while making sure to limit exposure to coronavirus. 

Some companies plan to continue a largely remote workforce even after the immediate concerns of the pandemic are over. This is often because employees can be more satisfied and productive when working from home, and companies can decrease overhead costs without as many employees reporting to work. 

With remote work being the norm in 2020, it is important that all companies adhere to California labor laws when it comes to remote employees. This includes properly reimbursing employees for work-related expenses. If you think that your employer might not be providing full reimbursement, you should not wait to contact the California unreimbursed work expenses attorneys at Mara Law Firm. 

Expense Reimbursement in California

California law requires employers to reimburse employees for any expenses that were necessary to fulfill their job duties. This includes remote employees. Some expenses that employees incur while working from home can include:

  • Home internet service
  • Personal home phones or cell phones
  • Other utilities
  • Electronic devices and equipment (if you use personal laptops for work)

Employers often save money when most employees work remotely. Laws and courts in California hold that it is unfair to simply pass these operating expenses over to employees. If an employer benefits from expenses an employee incurs, the employee should be reimbursed. 

What Happens if You are Not Reimbursed?

Perhaps you have been using your home internet and smartphone for months without any reimbursement from your employer. Maybe your employer will reimburse you for some – but not all – of your eligible business-related expenses. No matter what the specific situation might be, it is important to consult with an employment attorney if you feel you have been deprived of any required reimbursement. 

If our legal team determines that you have unreimbursed expenses, we can take action to obtain the reimbursement you deserve. This can include:

  • Negotiating with your employer directly for proper reimbursement
  • Reporting the matter to the California Labor Commissioner, and the office can levy civil penalties against your employer for refusing to provide proper reimbursement
  • Filing a lawsuit against our employer to seek your unpaid business expenses
  • Determining if this is a widespread issue at your workplace and identifying if a class action lawsuit might be appropriate

There are many ways to seek the full reimbursement you deserve for necessary remote work expenses. The law and procedures can be confusing, and your employer might try to avoid liability, so you always want the right employment law firm handling your claim. 

Contact Our California Unreimbursed Work Expenses Lawyers

If you are not getting paid back for your work-at-home expenses, the California unreimbursed work expenses attorneys at Mara Law Firm can help. Call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today.

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