Travel costs add up. Employers are required to reimburse employees for commute costs. Are you getting reimbursed?
Transportation Reimbursement Basics
According to an expansion order (צו הרחבה), all employees are entitled to reimbursement for travel costs to work (דמי נסיעות / החזר הוצאות נסיעה).
- Anyone who requires transportation to get to work is entitled to travel reimbursement.
- Travel cost is calculated based on bus travel using a monthly pass (חודשי חופשי) or a multi-ride pass (כרטיסייה), if available. If you would have to take more than one bus, that can also be counted towards travel cost.
- The daily limit is updated from time to time. As of
01.01.201101.01.2014 the daily limit is 24.4026.40 NIS.
- It does not matter whether you actually get to work by bus or by alternate means (e.g. carpool, your own car, or taxi).
- You are only entitled to reimbursement of transportation costs for days which you come to work.
Of course, an employer can pay more for travel costs but is not obligated to do so.
The Finer Points
At the end of last year, the Israeli news portal Walla took a look at a bunch of questions that might be raised about travel reimbursement and had the human resources consultants at Data Fax clarify. Some of the relevant points include:
- Don’t need receipts: You should not be required to present receipts.
- The limit is the limit: You are not entitled to a reimbursement amount higher than the current daily limit. This includes if you had to take a taxi or other means due to a public transportation strike or if you had to come in to work on a non-weekday or after regular working hours.
- Company car: If you get a car from work that you take home at night (רכב צמוד), you’re not entitled to additional travel reimbursement.
- Any way you get to work: Just as you are reimbursed no matter whether you take the bus or other means, if you get a ride from a co-worker who has a company car, you are still entitled to the travel money.
- Hasa’ot: If your employer arranges group transportation (הסעה / hasa’ah), then you’re not entitled, unless you need to take transportation to get to the pickup point.
- Possible to be included in salary: If your employer explicitly writes it in your contract, your transportation costs can be included in (rather in addition to) your salary.
Take a quick peak at your payslip to make sure you’re getting what you’re entitled to, and then get back to work!