Mileage allowance covers damage to employee's car

Your employee went on an office errand and crashed into a lamppost. Now she wants you to pay for it. Find out if this fender bender is on you.

Q: I recently asked an employee to run an errand for the practice in her personal automobile. While on the errand she hit a lamppost and wants the practice to pay for the damage to her vehicle. What is required and/or appropriate in such a case?

It is important for employees to understand, either through a short written agreement or your practice's employee manual, that the mileage allowance covers their exposures to loss associated with driving on behalf of the practice.

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