Cell Phone Policy… Fine?

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Cell Phone Policy… Fine?

I was ask to recently type up a Cell Phone policy for the company I work for. The Policy is very thorough and stats that if employees are caught in violation of said policy, that there will be a 50.00 fine. Every employee will receive a copy of this policy and will be required to sign it… Can I legally do this? The company I work for is an At Will employer and we are located in North Carolina.


Asked on April 17, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, this is legal:
1) An employer may set any policies it wants in regards to cell phones: employers generally have wide latitude or discretion to set policies about communications, use of devices, etc.
2) Employees can be forced to agree to company policies on pain of termination (i.e. if you don't agree with your employer's policies, leaving employment is your only option).
3) If employees agreed to a policy fining them for certain actions or violations, then those fines are legal--even if the employees only agreed in order to avoid termination.

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