A new state law will take effect Jan. 1, 2021, requiring state agencies, including the University of Nebraska, to reimburse meals on a “per diem” basis while employees are traveling for business.
The law, LB 381, directs the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to establish a percentage of the federal per diem rate for Nebraska agencies. DAS has announced that per-diem reimbursements for Nebraska travelers may not exceed 70 percent of the federal rate for the city to which the employee is traveling.
Beginning Jan. 1, employees will no longer need to submit itemized receipts for meal reimbursements. Exceptions may include employees on grant-sponsored travel, who may still need to submit receipts in accordance with the requirements of the sponsor. Employees on grant-sponsored travel should connect with their campus office of sponsored programs to determine whether receipts will be needed for meal reimbursement.
Per Diem Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)