Can my employer force me to take a credit card in my name that will be used for my for travel expenses?

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Asked on June 15, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal. Employers can put essentially any terms or conditions on employment that they like, including that employees must take out business credit cards for travel, etc. expenses, and/or that the employer will not reimburse expenses paid any other way. Employees who are unwilling to do this may leave and seek other employment: that is part of "employment at will," which is the law of this country--an employee does not have a right to any one given or particular job, but rather has the right to leave any job whose poliicies he or she does not like. The employer sets the rules; you decide if you are willing to live by them.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can do this. That is unless this action is prohibited by the terms of an employment contract or union agreemtnt. Otherwise you are an "at will" employee. This means that your company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit  (absent some form of actionable discrimination). This includes requiring credit cards for employee expenses. If this policy in unacceptable, you can refuse to get the card but risk termination, or elsr quit.


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