# 2015-142 - Allowances and Benefits, Door-to-Door Move, Interim Lodging, Meals and Incidentals (ILM&I)

Allowances and Benefits, Door-to-Door Move, Interim Lodging, Meals and Incidentals (ILM&I)

Case Summary

F&R Date: 2015–11–18

The grievor sought reimbursement of additional Interim Lodging, Meals and Miscellaneous (ILM&M) expenses incurred by his service spouse and dependent son during their co-location posting. The grievor claimed that he was entitled to additional ILM&M benefits because his spouse was required to remain behind at the losing unit for several additional days for operational reasons.

Acting as the Initial Authority, the Director General Compensation and Benefits disallowed reimbursement of additional ILM&M expenses because the grievor's spouse and son were not present with the grievor at destination during the unloading and unpacking of the household goods and effects (HG&E).

The Committee sought clarification from the service spouse's Commanding Officer at the losing unit and determined that the spouse and son had remained behind for personal and not operational reasons. The Committee found that the spouse failed to comply with her obligation under Canadian Forces Integrated Relocation policy to request a reporting date that would affect a door-to-door move. Therefore, the Committee concluded that there was no entitlement to reimbursement of the resulting additional ILM&M expenses beyond the unpack and unload days.

Regarding the fact that the grievor received no ILM&M benefits for the spouse and son during the unload and unpack days, the Committee found that the spouse and son were necessarily separated from their HG&E just the same as if they had been at destination those two days and, therefore, they were entitled to ILM&M expenses for the unload and unpack days. The Committee recommended that the grievance be partially granted.

CDS Decision Summary

CDS Decision Date: 2016–03–24

The FA partially agreed with the Committee's findings and recommendation. The FA agreed with the Committee's recommendation that the grievor be reimbursed for lodging, meals and miscellaneous expenses for his service spouse and son, for the unload and unpack days. The FA also find although there was a personal element that was satisfied by the grievor's spouse to remain until a further date, there were also justifiable operational requirements for the delay. Therefore, the FA decided that the grievor was aggrieved and directed that he be reimbursed ILM&M expenses for the other period in question.

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