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Unfortunately, per diem is not a legal requirement under either federal or state law. Your employer can choose to pay it, but they are not legally required to.
The reasoning behind this is that you are able through itemized deductions to obtain your travel expenses back from the government through your state and federal taxes, so the employer doesn't have to provide you those funds.
Is it legal for employer to pay for room and board with employee supplemental income therefore being tax free for both parties and a write off for employer.