Update- New State Added to Restricted Travel List

With the effective date April 15, 2019, South Carolina has been added to Assembly Bill 1887, the law restricting the funding or sponsoring of state business travel to states with discriminatory laws.

The current list of restricted states are as follows:

  • Alabama
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Background

As of January 1, 2017, the CSU Travel Policy and Procedures has been revised to comply with Assembly Bill 1887, which added Section 11139.8 to the Government Code relating to discrimination and was approved by the governor in September, 2016.  As a result of this law, it has been determined that SJSU is restricted from requiring employees to travel to certain states, and is prohibited from approving funding or sponsoring travel to those states with laws enacted to void or repeal discrimination protections, or, to authorize or require discrimination.

Exceptions to the prohibitions that may be granted, and of note to SJSU, include the following (see SJSU Travel Guide for the complete list):

  • To meet contractual obligations incurred before January 1, 2017.
  • To participate in meetings or training required by a grant or required to maintain grant funding.
  • For the protection of public health, welfare, or safety, as determined by the CSU or other state agencies.

The list of affected states is maintained on the California State Attorney General website, State of California Department of Justice.  Travelers and approvers are advised to check the website when planning or approving out-of-state travel.  Auxiliary funds may be used for travel to restricted states.

References

Resolved – Missing Travel Reimbursements in FTS

Last week we informed the campus of a problem in FTS regarding missing Travel Reimbursements.  The Travel Reimbursements were restored in FTS and issue resolved.

For employees who submitted for approval a new Travel Reimbursement to replace the missing one, please log into FTS to cancel the original reimbursement (the one associated to the Travel Authorization) in order to close the duplicate request. Please forward this message to any staff or faculty you feel should be notified.

If you have any questions or if you are unable to locate a Travel Reimbursement, please contact Finance Support at financeconnect@sjsu.edu or 4-1538. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

2019 Mileage Reimbursement Rate

The CSU adjusted its mileage reimbursement rates to reflect the new IRS rates. The mileage rate changes are as follows and apply to business travel occurring on or after January 1, 2019:

  • The standard mileage rate increased from 54.5 cents per mile to 58 cents per mile.
  • Miles driven for moving purposes will be reimbursed at 20 cents per mile, increased from 18 cents per mile.

The FTS Travel module reflects the standard mileage rate appropriate to the date(s) the mileage was incurred. If you have any questions, please contact FinanceConnect at ext. 4-1558 or financeconnect@sjsu.edu.

Please forward this message to any staff or faculty you feel should be notified.