Effective Jan. 1, employers will be required to reimburse employees for “all necessary expenses that are incurred by the employee within the employee’s scope of employment and that are directly related to services performed for the employer.”
This is because the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act has been amended to include expenses such as:
- Work-related driving except for commuting
- Use of personal cell phones for work-related purposes
- Use of home Internet and other office expenses while working at home (even occasionally)
- Costs associated with required work-related travel, training or conferences
If an employer establishes a written reimbursement policy, however, employees will not be entitled to expense payments if they fail to comply with the policy or if their expenses exceed those specified in the document.