Can employer force to stop me using my cell phone during office hours?

Can employer force to stop me using my cell phone during office hours? Specially when there are sick aged parents without any family member.

Asked on April 12, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can prohibit the use of personal cell phones during office hours. That is unless you have a union agreement or employment contract stating otherwise. The fact is that most work is "at will" meaning that a company cans set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit, absent some form of actionable discrimination. This includes instituting a no workplace cell phone policy. If you disagree with this, then you can disregard policy but risk termination or quit. 


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