California state workers’ travel options expand under AB 229

AB 229 enables state employees traveling on state business to use short-term rentals and transportation networks (online businesses connecting passengers with drivers using personal vehicles), and to receive reimbursement for actual and necessary travel expenses using these services.  Under this law, state agencies are not permitted to prohibit the use of short-term rentals and transportation networks.

What does it really mean? State employees on official business now should be able to be reimbursed for using so-called “sharing economy” services like, Lyft or Uber for rides and Airbnb for lodging.

This new law sunsets on January 1, 2019.

For more information, please contact your labor law counsel.

By Anne Yen | October 26, 2015

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