If I have a business meeting, I sometimes send someone to go act on my behalf. This person is someone I know, but is not my employee. He has his own business. But I simply give him the date and time, and he drives there on his own. Am I legally obligated to reimburse that person for their mileage (over and above whatever fees he or she may charge)?
What reimbursement am I legally obligated to pay someone
If this person is truly an independent contractor, you need not reimburse that person any expenses. The law only requires reimbursement of employee expenses. An independent contractor is a separate business. The contractual terms between businesses dictate what you have to pay.
Be careful, however. People are often mischaracterized as independent contractors when, in fact, they are employees. If this person is deemed to be an employee you might have more to pay than mileage reimbursement.
Good luck to you.
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Only employees have to be reimbursed for their mileage or other reasonable and necessarily incurred business expenses. Independent contractors are not employees, so that rule does not apply to them.
There are no legal requirements to reimburse an independent contractor their expenses. Make sure, however, that this person is truly an independent contractor.
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