While not every profession has the ability to work at home, those that do are seeing a surge in employers who say you can work from home instead of coming into the office. For many people, this is a welcome change to the standard office job situation.
However, if you work at home, you may wonder if your employer needs to supply you with the same things it would if you were in the office. Does your employer have to reimburse you for things you use to do your work? According to The Press-Enterprise, the law says that your employer does have to reimburse you for your expenses related to working at home.
Specifically, the law states that your employer must pay for anything you use in the course of your work activities. This includes things like the internet you use, and even extends to the electricity you must use to operate your computer.
The exception would be if your employer provides something you use. For example, if your employer provides you with internet service, then it would already pay the bill for you.
You should note everything you use for business. You may include things such as your cell phone if you use it for business calls. A good way to determine if something is reimbursable is to consider whether you must have it for work. If you cannot do your job without it, then it is reimbursable.
The purpose of the law is to prevent employers from trying to pass on expenses to you. Some employers may see having workers work at home as a way to cut overhead. While they can save on the building and physical aspects, such as chairs and desks, employers cannot pass on expenses directly related to your job.