Do I have to pay employees mileage?

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Do I have to pay employees mileage?

My employees work at two different hotels per day. They travel from our office to
the first hotel, then to the second hotel, and then back to the office. All of this
time is being paid at their hourly wage but do I also need to be paying them
mileage? Worst case scenario is they drive less than 10 miles per day. We have
always paid our employees more per hour because they had to use their own cars
to get back and forth. Just wondering if we are missing something by not paying

Asked on June 21, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not as an employer have to pay your employees for mileage pertaining to work-related private vehicle use. Yet, although private employers are not legally required to reimburse employees for mileage, many find it beneficial to do so. Companies enjoy significant tax breaks for mileage and vehicle maintenance reimbursement, and many businesses find that offering this perk helps them attract and retain qualified employees. That having been said, if no reimbursemnt is provided, an employee who uses their personal vehicle for business use and is not reimbursed for mileage can take the tax deduction themselves, as long as they meet certain criteria. 

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