What happens when one of your employees, who also happens to be a pilot, comes to you and says that he or she wants to fly an aircraft that is not owned or leased by you, the employer, for the purposes of your business? And, by the way, the employee also says he or she would like to be reimbursed for use of the aircraft.
It certainly can be beneficial to have an employee yo use private aviation rather than driving or flying with the airlines. But how should you, the employer, deal with the employee’s request? Well, in light of your potential liability exposure for these types of operations by your employee, you need to carefully evaluate whether you want to agree to your employee’s request.
If this is the type of request you are willing to grant, you should establish a policy for how these situations will be handled. This means you will need to evaluate and consider a variety of issues and factors that may be addressed in your policy.
For a discussion of the issues you may want to consider and include in your policy, please read my latest article on the topic: Drafting A Policy For Employee Use Of Private Aircraft.