I am running a small company. We have a fairly liberal expenses policy - for example:
- €40 maximum per day for meals away from home
- Taxi fare home if working extremely late
- Pre-booked hotels when working abroad
When people submit their expenses, should I allow them to include their tip / gratuity?
For example, on a €30 meal with a €5 tip on the receipt, should I reimburse the employee €30 or €35?
I've paid upfront for the hotel, can the employee expense a tip for housekeeping?
On the one hand, the employee has spent the cash, on the other hand the tip is for a service received by an individual - not for a service received by my company.
I'm specifically talking about a UK/EU company, but I would be interested to know what other countries / cultures / companies do.