What are my rights to more fair reimbursement regarding the use of my personal vehicle for work?

I am a field employee and am full-time on salary and considered a “corporate field employee”. I drive my own personal vehicle for work and average about 2500 miles a month. My company uses a service for mileage reimbursement. I received a flat rate of $260 per month and they are averaging my per mile reimbursement over the flat rate at 13 cents a mile. I pay for all of my auto maintenance, as well as provide my own full coverage auto insurance. The reimbursement is no where near covering gas, maintenance, insurance, wear and tear, and depression iation. Is this legal?

Asked on December 17, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It is perfectly legal: the law does not require *any* consideration for the use of your car (e.g. any reimbursement for gas, mileage, depreciation, maintenance, etc.), so it is completely voluntary on the part of the employer whether to offer reimbursement or a car allowance and, if so, how much. You can try to negotiate for more, of course, they are not required to give it to you.


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