Cell Phone Usage

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about cell phones:

Does an employer have the right to set policy that cell phones be turned in to the supervisor at the beginning of the work day? The employee can retrieve them during their break and at lunch but must turn them in again before returning to work. Is this legal?

Signed, Phone-less

Dear Phone-less:

There are no laws that apply to general work policies. Employers can’t violate the law themselves–so they can’t have policies that violate safety standards, equal employment opportunities, harassment protection and so forth. But the philosophy about workplace policies is that employees are not obligated to work in a place that has policies the employees find offensive. The government does not want to become involved with the varying employment issues of every business. Having said that, I can still understand why the policy about cellphones seems unfair to you.

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