Can my employer require me to have a cell phone but not provide it or reimburse me for using it?

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Can my employer require me to have a cell phone but not provide it or reimburse me for using it?

Asked on July 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

This depends on the reason for the cell phone and how heavily it is used during your workday.  Generally speaking, an employer who requires an employee to have a cell phone (think salespeople) usually must provide the cell phone and the contract is usually through the employer. If the contract is only with your name and it is your personal account, you should discuss your employer's needs and require that a portion of those monthly charges be reimbursed to you.


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