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August 18, 2010
Mileage Expenses and Insurance Issues

In a BLR webinar entitled "Mileage/Commuting Expenses: How to Avoid Big Mistakes With These Employee Expenses," Mark E. Tabakman, Esq., partner in the nationwide law firm Fox Rothschild, LLP and Stacy Wade, Ph.D., CPA, assistant professor of accounting at Western Kentucky University, described insurance requirements as it relates to mileage reimbursement issues.

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  • To protect against liability, employers should require employees who are expected to use their personal vehicles for company business to show proof of current insurance coverage.
  • Employers should also include a "nonownership automobile liability insurance policy" as part of their own insurance coverage.
  • This will provide insurance protection against claims for bodily injury and property damage, as well as costs for investigations and court proceedings that might result from work-related accidents.

Mark E. Tabakman, Esq., is a partner in the nationwide law firm Fox Rothschild, LLP (www.wagehourlaw.foxrothschild.com). He advises clients throughout the country on all aspects of labor relations and employment law, as well as the development of corporate employment policies. Stacy Wade, Ph.D., CPA, is assistant professor of accounting at Western Kentucky University (www.wku.edu). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in financial accounting and taxation.

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