Often, people want to know if their employer owes them for those khaki pants they had to buy for their retail job, or the black pants they were required to wear for their waitressing gig. The short answer is that if you weren’t required to buy them from a certain provider, and it doesn’t have the employer’s name or company logo on it, it’s probably fine for your employer to require it. That’s true even if you’d never have bought khaki pants but for the job requirement. Because those pants are generally useable for other things, they don’t have to be reimbursed. The same is true for those rubber soled nurses’shoes you’d never have purchased if you didn’t work at a hospital. As usual, with employment law cases, the details matter.