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Old 19.01.2015, 11:54
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Re: reimbursement of travel cost for work - a special situation.

Please do it and let us know what happens when they ask to see a receipt of the GA purchase.

Greed....always a bad trait on a person.
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Old 19.01.2015, 12:01
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I do OK by firm. I'm flexible and they're flexable - they even go as far as providing a pretty substantial extra mid year "bonus" which is by design intended to go towards costs you incur working for them which would normally be expected to be covered by yourself - such as your normal commute expenses.

So, if I need to travel for the company and my route lies within my abo then I'm not going to claim for something that actually doesn't cost any extra.

I work for a very fair and generous family run business that very much looks after it's staff, and they're good people, so for me claiming for something that hasn't actually cost anything would be taking the piss.

If on the other hand I worked for company that was "take take take" then my attitude would be significantly different.

It's swings and roundabouts really.
This is me as well. Our reimburesment policy has lots of straight rules. For example items below a certain value are not reimbursed. The trip to one of our suppliers involves a train trip to Bregenz and then a bus ride to the company site. As I have a GA, my ticket is only the value of the short train ride in Austria plus the bus, both of which are small shrapnel (actually finding the Euro coins is the bigger challenge, as the machine doesn't take notes) and I wouldn't even ask for a reimbursement if I had the right to do so. But some of the other guys take a taxi just to push the costs over the limit (or because they're too lazy to read the bus map or work out how the bus works).

Now one of these guys once got reprimanded for unnecessary spending, and rather than apologizing and changing his ways, this guy actually got spikey with me and said, if it wasn't for me then accounts wouldn't know there was a bus and accused me of stabbing him in the back.

So just to show that I'm not one to squeeze out every entitlement. But I think it also needs to go both ways. Don't piss money in the wind just because it's not your money, but don't let the company take the piss either.
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Re: reimbursement of travel cost for work - a special situation.

Personally, I find it irrelevant how much you pay for GA. Because some pay full fare, some pay reduced (parter-GA) and some do not pay as OP.

To those who thinks its wrong to claim, please explain this to me:
My company gives Reka cheques equivalent to 500 a year (as a staff benefit). I have GA so my husband uses them for his office travel, so according to you he should not claim for his ticket because he actually did not spend his money???

In some ways getting a free GA is like getting money (as someone stated above even considered in tax), so why should a spouse company make profit of it. Make simple rules- easy admin work for office and happy staff is productive staff.
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Re: reimbursement of travel cost for work - a special situation.

So what you're saying is if a system can be abused, it should be?

A company is giving benefits to their employees. Should it spend countless hours thinking how it could be cheated and come up with dozens of rules?

No, the easiest thing to do would be to terminate the benefit. Then because of a few stupid, greedy people everyone loses.

You're supposed to be professionals, worthy of your employment and trust the company is showing you. Abuse that and you'll find that most companies will have you out in a heartbeat if they find out.
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So what you're saying is if a system can be abused, it should be?

A company is giving benefits to their employees. Should it spend countless hours thinking how it could be cheated and come up with dozens of rules?

No, the easiest thing to do would be to terminate the benefit. Then because of a few stupid, greedy people everyone loses.

You're supposed to be professionals, worthy of your employment and trust the company is showing you. Abuse that and you'll find that most companies will have you out in a heartbeat if they find out.
Can you please justify, how it is abuse of system? There is grey line between abuse of system and taking deserved benefits.

I tell you story though a bit different, we can claim for lunch and dinner when we travel for work. I only bought sandwich and water worth 8 CHF while the company gives 25 CHF. So, should I claim 8 CHF as I spent (accounts will find it funny and will give me 25 as stated in rule because otherwise its too complicated, they would say its benefit and do not care if I spend 1 CHF or 100 CHF its standard), or should I not claim at all because I would have eaten anyways if I travel or not (I might have spend even more if I eat in office) or should I claim 25 CHF (which according to you would might be abuse of system).
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Re: reimbursement of travel cost for work - a special situation.

IMHO you should only be reimbursed for costs of anything you incur as a result of travelling with work, for work related purposes.

As you were given the GA card irrespective of by who and taxes involved, you personally were not out of pocket, so it could be easy for an employer to cry "fraud" by claiming for funds you were not entitled to due to no inconvenience and cost incurred.

The other alternative would have been to leave your GA in your pocket and buy a ticket as if you'd never had a GA card, then simply expense the individual ticket.

Not an easy question to answer as it depends on your moral/ethical compass and those of your employers.
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Re: reimbursement of travel cost for work - a special situation.

I see no reason why the OP should not be entitled to the GA reimbursement from his company. Most of the companies have standard rates for regular reimbursement. Like what stubborn said about the lunch.

My company clearly defines that if the person has a GA then the reimbursement is done according to the price of the ticket to the location. When you travel for work reasons the company is benefiting from that and thus the reimbursement.

I would say that the company should not care about how the OP got his GA, what matters is that he has one and the rest is not important.
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Old 19.01.2015, 14:59
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The other alternative would have been to leave your GA in your pocket and buy a ticket as if you'd never had a GA card, then simply expense the individual ticket.
This reminds me of a guy I once worked with. He once challenged his boss why he was payed less than the other guys in the department. The boss explained it was because he didn't speak any English, and English was necessary for certain aspects of the job.

The guy then went to the Migros Clubschule and worked really hard and came back with several English certificates. He challenged the boss again and said, now i speak English, what about my raise.

The boss replied, no, you don't actually need English for your job. When it comes to tasks requiring English the other guys are picking that up quite well so I see no need for another English-speaker and even less to pay extra for it.

There were some English speaking guys in the department and this guy would chatter away with them in English over lunch but refused steadfast to discuss anything work related with them other then in German, saying his boss had said he didn't need to speak English for work. At times other people would have to come over to interpret, so there was a huge waste of resources.

He finally got his raise.

I don't think I'd go through all that though.
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