Is it against the law for a company to not reimburse commuter miles?

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Is it against the law for a company to not reimburse commuter miles?

I work for a company that has sales routes. Previously, for covering these routes I was reimbursed full mileage less the miles to get to our distribution center.When a route came up for bid I took it assuming that such reimbursement was standard pay. However, 2 months after taking the new route, my mileage claim was sent back. I was told that I only get paid from store to store. I cover 3 routes that are a substantial distance from my house. Do I have any recourse in this action?

Asked on July 14, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unless Michigan has made it so, generally whether or not you are reimbursed for mileage and how you are reimbursed comes down to your agreement upon being hired for the job.  Again generally, you are not reimbursed for your "commuting" expenses to your job unless there is some sort of City or State program involved (like Transit Check in New York).  You can, though, check with your accountant or tax adviser as to your status as an employee under the law and what that may entitle you to deduct from your own taxes those expenses that are not reimbursedby your employer.  It may be more advantageous to you one way rather than the other.


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