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Mileage Pay Is Owed When Travel Is for Job

April 15, 2001

Q My employer has required that I teach classes at a location away from my office. The temporary training facility is 120 miles round-trip from my house, while my regular office is 30 miles round-trip.

My boss is refusing to pay me mileage for the difference I would regularly drive. His reasoning is that the training class is four hours and he is not getting a full day's work from me.

Shouldn't I be entitled to reimbursement for mileage expenses?

--R.C., El Segundo


A Employers have an obligation to reimburse employees for any expenses that they reasonably incur in performing duties for their employer. That obligation includes paying mileage to employees when they use their vehicles for company business.

You should be paid mileage for traveling to an assignment that is away from your employer's normal place of business.

--Michael A. Hood

Employment law attorney

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker

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