Employers must reimburse employees for all necessary expenses and/or losses incurred in the course and scope of their employment.1

This requirement, found in Labor Code section 2802, is interpreted quite broadly by the courts because California law and public policy favor protecting employees from an employer passing operating costs onto employees. The requirement to reimburse employees includes common expenses such as work-related travel and dining expenses and mileage when an employee uses a personal car for work-related business but also some uncommon expenses.

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