Tuesday

Working Out Compensation for Gas and Mileage...

opinion 2 How many of you that are required to use your own vehicle to cart the kids around or run errands are compensated for gas? I drive the kids to and from at least a few times a week and I have never been compensated. I need to bring it up to my MB as the gas prices keep rising. I was just wondering how many of you guys are reimbursed for gas and if so, how much? Do you use the standard 51 cents a mile or do you figure it out some other way? Thanks!

11 comments:

ATL Nanny said...

It's been a long time since I've used my personal vehicle for work, but when I did, I did exactly what the PP said: I kept a log of the mileage and then submitted it for reimbursement. (We did it monthly.) I was compensated the IRS amount per mile standard at that time.

many are called few are chosen said...

Keep you receipts and present them at the end of each week or month. They should give you back the total, via cash or check.

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Just My Two Cents Just Now said...

I think the rate is the fifty-one cents that you listed, but am not sure. Maybe you should Google it. There is a mandated amount that is listed. Remember you should not only be reimbursed for gas, but also for mileage as any add'l driving on your vehicle wears and tears it more. I.e., more frequent oil changes, tire wear, etc.

Hope this helps.
You should definitely get reimbursed from doing any driving on the job. I am surprised your boss didn't offer you any reimbursement when you started driving the children.

Beth said...

I do not get paid gas mileage compensation. The only place I am required to drive, one day a week, is to a preschool which is about a mile away. The rest of the trips we take (zoo, library, etc.) are at my discretion. Although truthfully if these gas prices continue to rise, our fun trips will become less frequent.

northshorenanny said...

I have been getting paid $40 a week for gas for the last year, which is really nice. Although it should be noted that I didnt't get a raise last year bc they considered the gas money a raise.

Lana said...

In my first nanny position, I used the family's car and they had a gas card for when it needed gas and I was the one filling up. In my second position, I did not get reimbursed and I was too afraid to bring it up. In my current position, my MB added $80 a month to my salary for gas, although when at all possible she leaves her car at home and carpools so that I can drive her car (which lately has been like 4 days a week!)

I think it is kind of sad how some parents make the nanny keep a log of miles. To me that just seems like nickle and diming the nanny.

As a nanny, there is so many things that we have to keep track of every day, why add something else? It is nice to have a general idea/estimate of how much the nanny drives the kids and reimburse accordingly without making the nanny keep track of all the times they drive. We estimated that I would probably use around two tanks of gas a month while on the job, and that is how we came up with the $80.

I guess maybe it comes down to trust and the family's view of what the nanny should be reimbursed for. I think with things like petty cash and gas reimbursement, the family trusts that I would never take advantage of these things, so they don't require me to keep a log.

Make sure that you address this issue. I regret being too shy in my second position and I drove that kid around a lot! It really does add up!

Good luck!

Just My Two Cents Just Now said...

@northshorenanny: That is horrible that your family gave you money for gas and considered it your raise. Talk about nickel and diming...that's just plain d-i-r-t-y if you ask me.

@Beth: I live in San Diego, CA and we are currently paying $4.25/gal for just regular gas. I think any Nanny who works in this city would be nuts to not ask AT LEAST for gas reimbursement. Especially if she were taking the children out on daily outings.

OP said...

OP here...Thanks for the replies. I guess I just feel bad saying anything about it because there are some weeks I work very little (I am paid for $500 for 30 hours a week but some weeks I only work 10 or 15 hours) and still get my full pay. It's the mom's decision to not have me come in if she has off that day and some days she chooses to be with her kids. I guess that is why I feel petty saying something about gas.

AtlantaNanny said...

I am paid the IRS mileage rate (currently $.51/mile), which covers gas and wear and tear on my car for miles driven during work hours.

I also am compensated for the difference between having a personal auto policy and the business auto policy I need to have (make sure you talk to your insurance company because most insurance companies will not cover an accident on a personal auto policy if you are driving your car for work).

Mrs. Jenny said...

OP, I see the bigger picture now. Yes, I think in your situation if you are working less than half your regular hours and still getting a full paycheck you can let the gas issue slide. I think the mother is thinking that since she is paying you in full for days/hrs not worked, then she does not need to compensate you for gas. It all sounds like a fair trade off to me. I would say nothing and just accept it. Sounds like a great job to me.