Can a company make a person use there own cell phone to take and recieve calls when at work?

Last week at work we had to turn in the company paid phones and start using our own cell phone. I have been using my cell phone about 4-8 times each day since then. I am a driver and out on the road most of the day. We were told that if we didn’t have a phone to go out an buy one at our own cost.

Asked on March 8, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

An employer is under no obligation to provide phones to employees--whether cell phones or landlines; it is free to require employees to provide their own phones. Moreover, the employer does not need to reimburse the employees either for the cost of the phones or for the cost of calls, data plans, etc.

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