I work for a large CA based company that is going through some belt-tightening. I'm OK with that, but the email received today (2/10) had me questioning things. I am cutting and pasting the new guidelines.
· For planned day business travel to a location beyond your normal work place, bring or pay for your own breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.
· For planned overnight business travel, bring or pay for your own breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks. It is OK to expense dinner.
Is this legal to do by California's Per Diem Laws? If there is a direct reference to those laws I would appreciate it. TIA
The other kicker was the line that "the new guidelines below are effective January 12 , going forward" and we were notified of this change on 2/10. I now have a month of expenses for meals that I have to back out and pay for out of pocket. My total will be $116.90 out of pocket, but it's the principle of the retroactive enforcement is what galls me.
Going forward looks like I have to pack my meals. Hope I can keep an ice chest cold enough to avoid food poisoning. Enforced lodging requirements is a place that does not have refrigerators in the rooms. :-\
TIA for any insight and comments. No one is happy with this, and oddly, it only seems to be in my one group and not across the board for all if IT or other departments. Double Grrr on the unfairness.