California employers must reimburse expenses for certain remote workers, lawyers say

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Months after workers left the office to work from home, they are racking up out-of-pocket costs. And experts say businesses should not ignore the issue of who is paying those expenses.

Global Workplace Analytics surveyed employers Sept. 16–25 and found 82% of employers believe they should absorb home office costs.

“Before COVID, employees who worked from home generally saw it as a privilege and didn’t expect their employer to cover their home office expenses. The survey shows that sentiment has shifted during the pandemic,” Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics.

While this might seem like an expensive proposition, Global Workplace Analytics sites a positive return on investment.

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