Abolish the perk

Historically, the ‘expense account’ has not been open to all employees.  In some sectors, there has often been   a feeling that the ‘expense account’ opened the door to the opportunity to live a more expensive lifestyle on the employer’s ticket .

To the expense account holder, certain claims are often viewed as ‘perks’.    The very concept of a perk (once known as a perquisite) is one that leads us all to difficulty, since there is more than one meaning.  It can mean:

a)      an incidental payment or privilege, or advantage over and above regular income

b)      a gratuity or tip

c)       something demanded as due (a particular privilege of Royalty for example)

So  the ‘perks’ view of expenses leads us to a place of conflicting viewpoints.

Annabel Kaye is Managing Director of Irenicon Ltd, a specialist employment law consultancy.   Tel: 08452 303050  Fax: 08452 303060  Website : www.irenicon.co.uk.  You can follow Annabel on twitter – http://twitter.com/AnnabelKaye

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