Can an employer force an employee to pick up supplies at another location when that is not apart oftheir job description?

Also, failing to provide transportation, transportation cost, and also lacking appropriate insurance to cover accidents outside the facility while in route.

Asked on February 27, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have a contract which specifies your job functions or duties, your employer may change, add to, modify, etc. your duties at will--that is, without an employment contract, your "job description" is whatever the employer says it is, and it may change that description (and require you to do new or different things) at any time. So your employer can make it part of your job to pick up the supplies.

Also, an employer is not required to provide transportation, reimbursement (e.g. gas, toll, or parking money) or insurance for you--it can require you to do this using your personal vehicle (or public transportation) at your own cost. The law allows employers to reimburse, but does not require it.

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