Do I have any legal argument for my company to pay for my phone plan?

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Do I have any legal argument for my company to pay for my phone plan?

I am a remote corporate employee required to travel 75% of the time. The company does not provide a phone, does not reimburse and will not allow or pay for a GPS in a rental. I had to increase my phone coverage for this job. And 90% of phone calls on my phone are work related the same likely applies to data use since when at home I am on WiFi. I live in one state and my office technically is in another, though the corporation is worldwide.

Asked on September 9, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

No, unfortunately, there is no legal argument to require your company to pay for your phone. An employer may set any terms or conditions on employment that it likes such terms or conditions can require that employees provide and pay for their own phones or other communications, or cover other expenses, tools, or supplies. For example, employees can be required to use their own cars and pay for their own tolls and gas to provide their computers, internet, and email to provide any tools of their trade etc.


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