When is per diem required to be paid?

Category: Per Diem Questions

The requirement for an employer to pay per diem can vary depending on the specific circumstances and the applicable laws and regulations.

In general, if an employee incurs expenses while traveling for business purposes, the employer may be required to reimburse those expenses through a per diem allowance. This may include expenses such as meals, lodging, and incidentals. The amount of per diem that an employee is entitled to receive may be set by the employer or by the government.

If an employee is working as a per diem nurse, they are typically paid a daily rate for each shift they work, rather than a set hourly or annual salary. In this case, the employer is required to pay the per diem rate for each day that the nurse works, as outlined in their agreement or contract.

It’s important for employees to understand their rights and responsibilities with regards to per diem and to familiarize themselves with their employer’s policies and procedures, as well as any applicable laws and regulations. In some cases, employees may have the right to receive per diem even if it is not explicitly required by law, such as if it is outlined in their employment contract or if it is a common practice in their industry.