I work for small County government. Like most companies, we get per-diem pay when we are out of town on business. Be it training or a convention or whatever.
In the past, it was easy. Just make a request for X amount of days and you got a check for X amount of dollars to use as you see fit. It’s really just designed to cover meals. It’s even broken out for how much they figure for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But it’s understood that you can use it for whatever you want. It’s your money. You go over, and you have to pay for it personally. I would just deposit or cash the check, get any additional funds I might need and that was that. Simple.
Hotel and travel expenses are completely separate.
Things are going to change. Supposedly to make it easier :dubious:
Each employee will get a credit card to charge his or her per-diem on. And then, you will need to fill out an expense report and provide receipts. You are still limited to what you can spend on your per-diem, and it’s still only enough to cover meals, but now you have to justify EATING.
[sarcasm on]Oooooookay. That’s lots easier, nothing like a boat load of unnecessary paperwork to lighten the load[/so] And now there are 500 or so additional credit cards that are floating around that people are just as likely to loose than use.
Oh yeah. The morality part?
No alcohol. Not even a beer with dinner. You need to put it on a separate check :rolleyes:. Just so happens that the ‘big guy’ is a teetotaler.