Employers must reimburse employees for all work-related expenses. You could have a claim for unreimbursed expenses if you have not been reimbursed for any of the following:
- Driving to and from required work;
- Cell phone charges for work-related calls;
- Postage or overnight mail fees for work-related mail;
- Subscriptions to work-related publications;
- Buying office supplies;
- If you work for any employer with highly specialized equipment requirements and you buy that equipment yourself (such as buying required gun or ammunition and paying required license fees if you work for an armored courier service); or,
- Buying uniforms -- including ordinary clothes that are distinctive design or color required by the employer.
Even if your employer doesn’t have a procedure for reimbursing employees for necessary work-related expenses, you are still entitled to reimbursements. Likewise, you don’t give away your entitlement to being reimbursed even if you haven’t asked for a reimbursement. In fact, you can’t give up your entitlement to be reimbursed, even if your employer claims you signed a waiver of your reimbursement rights. It’s your employer’s responsibility to see to it that you are reimbursed, and if you believe you haven’t been you could have a claim.