California law prevents an employer from shifting its cost of doing business to its employees. Under California Labor Code section 2802, an employer must reimburse its employees for all reasonable and necessary expenses the employees incur in performing their jobs.
The following types of expenses are or may be reimbursable under Section 2802:
- Cell phone charges;
- Internet charges;
- Home office expenses;
- Automobile expenses;
- Mileage, parking and tolls;
- Cost of required uniforms or clothing;
- Education and training expenses;
- Professional dues and licensing expenses;
- Sales and marketing expenses;
- Entertainment expenses;
- Any other expense that is “reasonable” and “necessary” to the job.