Is it legal if my boss wants me to buy supplies for the store and pay for them out of pocket?

They reimburse me but sometimes it takes a week or two to get my money back from them. Do I really have to use my own money?

Asked on July 19, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Nevada


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you do really have to use your own money if your employer wants you to; this is perfectly legal. An employer may set any terms and conditions on, or requirements for, employment that it likes; those terms, conditions, etc. can include that employees have to pay for supplies out of the employee's own pocket. The law does not even require them to reimburse you--they can make you absorb the cost. Your recourse, if you don't like working for someone who does this, would be to look for other employment.

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