Employer must reimburse work-from-home expenses incurred during pandemic shutdown
The California Court of Appeal recently ruled in Thai v. International Business Machines Corporation that IBM had to reimburse its employees for Internet access and other computer-related expenses needed to perform their jobs from home while Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 2020 shutdown order during the COVID-19 pandemic was in effect. IBM argued it had no responsibility for such expenses because the expenses resulted from a government mandate, not an IBM mandate.
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