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Old 05-05-2019, 07:53 PM
 
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Is it normal to have to wait 2 months to be reimbursed for a job expense? I.e. an expense you incurred in mid-January, you wouldn't get paid until the last day of March?

feels like an awfully long time to wait to get my own money back that I desperately need.
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Old 05-05-2019, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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No it’s not normal. Have you asked the status of it?
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Old 05-05-2019, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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IME, expenses are weekly, on the pay schedule or monthly at very most. But that is from time of submission, not necessarily time of the expense.
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Old 05-05-2019, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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I have typically been reimbursed within two weeks of submitting my expenses.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:11 PM
 
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One contracting firm I worked for only reimbursed me after they got reimbursed for the expenses from the client so it took about 2 months to get paid. I don't do any work for them anymore because of this.
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:48 AM
 
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If this is an ongoing and recurring problem, then request a "permanent advance" from employer. IOW, they "advance" you some $$ amount to cover outstanding reimbursements. You keep this advance until you no longer incur expenses.

Another "workaround" is a credit card billed direct to employer, with charges documented on expense report as "paid".

When I traveled a lot for work, I had both.
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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Is it normal to have to wait 2 months to be reimbursed for a job expense? I.e. an expense you incurred in mid-January, you wouldn't get paid until the last day of March?

feels like an awfully long time to wait to get my own money back that I desperately need.
Normal? Hell no! I get my reimbursements within a week. If they're going to drag their feet like that, tell them to either provide you with a company card or you'll no longer be able to front your own money.
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:44 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Is it normal to have to wait 2 months to be reimbursed for a job expense? I.e. an expense you incurred in mid-January, you wouldn't get paid until the last day of March?

feels like an awfully long time to wait to get my own money back that I desperately need.
It depends on how your reimbursements are handled.

I've worked at places where you'd get your reimbursement DD'd into your account within a few days of it being approved. Others are added to your pay within a pay period or two.

I've also worked at places where they collect reimbursement requests monthly. So you'd submit them at the beginning of the month, and you'll see the reimbursement probably the next month (two pay periods). Of course, if you bought something in early May, you won't submit that until early Jun, and you'll get it reimbursed probably the end of June or early July. So - yea, that can be two months based on the purchase date. This was more of a consulting gig with mileage, parking/tolls, etc.

If you have a position where you are constantly needing to be reimbursed, is there an option for an advancement or use a company card (either ask for one or get your manager to provide theirs)?
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:51 AM
 
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No, not typical from my experience. I'd have been following up after a couple weeks of no status change. Who approves them? Your manager? I'd escalate to them first, find out where it is in the process. Something could have held it up in accounting/payroll.
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Old 05-06-2019, 05:46 PM
 
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well, i have seen two weeks and i have seen one month.
with the super-low interest rates today, i do not complain.
if the interest rates were in the double-digits, yes.
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