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From: "Darrell A. Martin" <>
Subject: Re: [LO] Reimbursement in list offers
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2006 19:09:22 -0500
At 06:39 PM 6/7/2006, Pat Asher wrote:
>At 07:31 PM 6/7/2006, Darrell A. Martin wrote:
>>The term "reimbursement" specifically refers to being repaid for cash expenses, or for the transfer or loss of material items for which a cash value has been agreed or can be determined. It never refers to compensation for time spent, unless it is work done by a third party, for which that party was paid money by the one asking reimbursement. Then you are right back to cash spent anyway. If someone proposing to provide a service says they only wish to be "reimbursed", then anyone accepting the offer has a right to expect that only cash or cash equivalent expenses will be paid. This is enforceable at law, if it ever gets to that (which in professional organizations it sometimes does).
>I think you've defined reimbursement a little narrowly, since it covers whatever expenses the parties agree to -- for example, the cost of the round trip plane ticket from Connecticut to Salt Lake City? The cost of room, meals, local transportation, etc. ?
>Reimbursement is an open-ended non-specific term <g> Get it in writing!
Expenses, yes; time spent, no; which is the central point. Everything you listed is paid for in cash or equivalent, and can be quite properly paid for by "reimbursement". The term "reimburse" and related words are very broad in potential application. However, that does not make them either open-ended or non-specific.
Of COURSE when money changes hands, or is going to, the people involved need to agree clearly on what they intend. Writing it down is usually the best way to accomplish that.
Darrell A. Martin - RootsWeb list admin
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