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On 1st May 2009 a new UK Business and Travel Expenses policy and guidelines were issued. Some UNITE members contacted reps with concerns over the changes to reimbursement of line rental for ‘home’ broadband lines when used for work purposes. On page 17, point 5 of the guidelines says:
The Company will not reimburse any costs towards private Broadband lines which are used for business purposes.
Some individuals had started to receive letters stating that they would receive reimbursement for a set period going forward and then this would cease. They were also told that they may not qualify for a ‘company line’ to be installed.
UNITE reps met with the company on May 19th to discuss this issue, and asked for clarification on the ‘qualification criteria’ to have a company line installed. For home workers the qualification was clear, but where individuals currently use ‘private lines’ for access out of hours for on-call or other situations it was not clear they would be entitled to it. UNITE reps have been repeatedly reminding the company to respond to UNITE with these criteria to discuss further.
Have you been affected by this issue? Are you now facing being out of pocket and still expected to be ‘dialled’ in from home to work doing Out of Hours cover etc. Please contact your local Union Rep if you have an issue which you haven’t resolved.
Some misinformation has been circulating that it is no longer possible to claim reimbursement due to a change in HMRC rules – this is not the case. The rules have changed but Fujitsu could still allow you to claim reimbursement, just through a different process.

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