Cellular Telephones

Staff

While at work, we expect our employees to devote their fully energy and attention to conducting company business. Receiving personal phone calls or making personal phone calls using company cell phones during working hours is not appropriate.

Likewise, employees shall refrain from making or receiving cellular telephone calls for non-business or personal matters during working hours. Personal cellular phones may only be used during an employee’s company-established rest or meal period for non-business or personal reasons. Your job duties may require that you use a cellular telephone during working hours. If so required, you will be notified in writing. 

If your job duties require that you use a cellular telephone during working hours, we expect you to use the cellular telephone in a safe, professional and courteous manner, taking into account our customer’s needs first. You will be reimbursed for your out-of-pocket costs if you are required to use your personal cell phone for business use.  Please see your supervisor to address reimbursement. 

 

You should be aware of circumstances around you while using the cell phone or to avoid accidents or injury while using the cell phone. We prohibit the use of cell phones for personal or non-business calls while operating a motor vehicle. We also prohibit the use of cell phones for business reasons while operating a motor vehicle in performance of your job duties. If you must use a cell phone for business reasons while operating a motor vehicle, you must pull over and park in a safe, legally authorized area and may not use the cell phone in a manner that distracts you while driving.

 

Company Provided Cell Phones

If the company provides you with or pays for a cellular telephone for business use, you are required to exercise the utmost care in protecting the telephone from damage, loss or theft. We ask employees to refrain from making or receiving personal calls on company provided cell phones except in emergencies. Employees will be personally liable for the cost of non-business or personal calls and will be subject to discipline, up to and including immediate termination, for incurring personal charges for non-emergency situations.

 

Cell phones (including handheld devices and smart phones such as iPhones) may be provided to some employees to assist them in performing their job. Cell phones are company property. Data (including web browsing), messages (including voice mail, mobile email, and text messaging), and other electronic information is subject to monitoring and the employee does not have an expectation of privacy in the use of this Company property.

 

The Company may ask you to assign a password to your Company cell phone to prevent unauthorized access. This password does not affect the Company’s ownership of the cell phone or ability to monitor the information.

 

Company cell phones must not be used in any manner that violates any other Company policy, including safety policies, confidentiality polices, electronic and social media policies and policies against discrimination and harassment.

 

Employees are strictly prohibited from using cell phones for any improper purpose. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Employees who misappropriate copyrighted or confidential and proprietary information, or who take or distribute harassing messages, pictures, images or information, may additionally be subject to criminal prosecution and/or substantial civil money damages.

This report was reviewed and updated in 2019 by the Zaller Law Group, PC.  Zaller Law Group, PC provides this information for general informational purposes only. The information is not, and should not be relied upon or regarded as, legal advice. No one should act or refrain from acting on the basis of such content or information, without first consulting with and engaging a qualified, licensed attorney, authorized to practice law in such person’s particular jurisdiction, concerning the particular facts and circumstances of the matter at issue.