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Can my company withhold my expense check because of a policy

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Customer: can my company withhold my expense check because of a policy change in mileage log reporting. Seems the policy has been change but it contradicts my original employment agreement i signed. they are withhold all fuel, hotels, meals travel, until i get the log straighted out.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: my original employment agreement states that a vehicle will be provided to me, and ALL related costs to operationg that vehicle will be provide by the company. Now they have changed that policy to all employees, but my agreement hasnt changed. So they are holding back ALL my expense chechs for Hotels, meals, travel, parts for company owned equipment......Do they have the right to do that
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Canada Law
Expert:  Legal Ease replied 11 months ago.

Are you able to get the log straightened out?

Does your contract say that from time to time they can make changes in how you have to log your expenses?

Are you in a union?

How long have you worked for this employer for?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No to the fuel log
No my employment agreement doesn't say that they may make changes. Do they have to change my agreement when a policy is changed. Or can they send out an email saying we have changed our policy
No I'm not Union
15 months
Expert:  Legal Ease replied 11 months ago.

They cannot change the policy if your contract guarantees that you can log these expenses in a certain way and you'll get paid for them. They are in breach of their contract.

However, the only way you can enforce this is for you to sue them after quitting and claiming constructive dismissal. Do you know what constructive dismissal is?

Expert:  Legal Ease replied 11 months ago.

If you don't let me know and I will explain.

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