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Meal Reimbursement/Different Rules For Different Employees.... Wisconsin

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3,167 words with 3 Comments; publish: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 19:27:00 GMT; (80062.50, « »)

I put up a post here a few days ago (http://www.LaborLawTalk.com/showthread.php?t=179223&goto=newpost)

Now, I'm wondering something else, this doesn't make any sense: We have 10 people in my training class, all from Wisconsin, but me and another co-worker of mine have stricter rules then everyone else. Can they do this? We are allowed only $25 per day for food while everyone else is allowed $50. We are only being paid for our actual hours worked while everyone else is getting a straight 40 no matter how long they work. All of us are non-exempt hourly employees. I don't know what to think of this? It would seem to me since everyone of us holds the same position and we all work in the same state things would have to be equal... am I right? Are there meal reimbursement minimums? Thanks in advance!

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    • It would only be illegal if you were being singled out for different treatment BECAUSE OF a characteristic protected under the law.

      I certainly can't explain why you are being treated differently but it is not inherently illegal. It is only illegal if they choose to treat you differently BECAUSE of your race, religion, national origin and so forth or BECAUSE you applied for or used a right or benefit that is protected under the law.

      #1; Wed, 19 Sep 2007 22:40:00 GMT
    • There is no legal labor law requirement that any expenses be reimbursed at all under federal law or under the laws of any state but California. There are federal rules on Per Diem reimbursements, but that is just the maximum rates for non-exact cost expense reimbursement that do not incur a taxable transaction.

      Labor law requires that Non-Exempt employee be paid based on actual hours worked, although it does not prevent employer from being more generous.

      #2; Thu, 20 Sep 2007 06:42:00 GMT
    • I put up a post here a few days ago (http://www.LaborLawTalk.com/showthread.php?t=179223&goto=newpost)

      Now, I'm wondering something else, this doesn't make any sense: We have 10 people in my training class, all from Wisconsin, but me and another co-worker of mine have stricter rules then everyone else. Can they do this? We are allowed only $25 per day for food while everyone else is allowed $50. We are only being paid for our actual hours worked while everyone else is getting a straight 40 no matter how long they work. All of us are non-exempt hourly employees. I don't know what to think of this? It would seem to me since everyone of us holds the same position and we all work in the same state things would have to be equal... am I right? Are there meal reimbursement minimums? Thanks in advance!

      While I think the differing arrangements appear to be nonsensical, nothing illegal has taken place. You might want to ask your HR representative for clarification on the company's policy on these things. Maybe you and your co-worker have a "rogue manager" who has decided HE will make up his own expense rules for his employees, while the others are actually being paid per company policy.

      I've had to occasionally deal with situations where a manager has decided he knows better and decides to disregard company policy. After I smack 'em around a bit, they seldom do that again. :D

      #3; Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:22:00 GMT