Can a business require you to use your personal computer for business use, without compensation?

Asked on November 17, 2014 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes. A business may set any rules or requirements on its jobs that it likes, and those can include having employees use their own computers (or phones, or cars, etc.) for work without compensation. This is perfectly legal. If you have to use your personal computer for work, you *may* be able to get some small tax deduction or break; speak with your tax preparer about this.

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