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How you reimburse mobile workers could put you at risk for a lawsuit

Danielle Lackey | April 11, 2017

Today’s workforce is not stationary; in very few instances are all of your employees working in the same place at the same time. Employees are mobile—people often work from home or travel from client to client throughout the week without ever setting foot in corporate headquarters. These mobile workers have found a way to work efficiently and with low overhead, but many do require things such as mobile devices, vehicles, software subscriptions or other items to successfully do their jobs—all of which should be provided at their company’s expense.

Companies approach these expenses differently. Some give employees a stipend, some issue a corporate card with a credit limit, and some ask employees to cover costs upfront and submit for reimbursement. There is no one method that’s perfect for everyone, but as long as both the employee and the company are treated fairly and accurately, everyone’s happy.

Naturally, no company wants to knowingly short-change a hard-working and...

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