The MOU amendment will refer to “laptop, tablet, office equipment, technological devices, and other supplies required to support telecommuting and performing remote work … with the exception of items and supplies that are made available for the same purpose to Unit members
I’ve heard from a few folks with questions about how this expanded benefit will work and what guidance is available for getting reimbursed for previous purchases and what you can get reimbursed for in the future. Sorry that I didn’t make it as clear as I could have, but I also have new, updated information that should be helpful to everyone.
What you can get reimbursement for:
by the Department.” So, if the office supplies you with a laptop for full-time use, they may deny your reimbursement request for another laptop, unless you can show that the laptop they supplied is inadequate for performing your assigned work. And, as I explained during the membership meetings, the office insisted we keep the requirement from MOU 32 that the office reserves the right to take back any laptop or tablet you purchase.
Using your Professional Development Allowance for past purchases:
Based on the final language we’ve worked out, anyone who bought anything to support telecommuting between 3/1/20 – 2/28/21 can seek reimbursement up to the $750 max in this fiscal year (expiring 6/30) or the next fiscal year (starting 7/1), but you will not be able to get reimbursed TWICE for a single purchase. (I.e., if you bought a $1,000 laptop last May, you can only get up to $750 total reimbursement for it, whether you draw from this year’s allowance or in the next fiscal year.) If you don’t have the full $750 reimbursable left for this fiscal year’s allowance, and you want the full amount available, you can wait to put in for reimbursement for that item next fiscal year. If you bought multiple items, it’s up to you to figure out the best way to maximize your reimbursements.
Using your Professional Development Allowance for future purchases:
The only reason we have the 3/1/20 – 2/28/21 timeline is to provide clarification for which past purchases will be eligible for reimbursement. Whether or not you have already made a qualifying purchase, you can make more qualifying purchases through the extended term of the MOU. It’s never too late!
President, Los Angeles City Attorneys Association