Today, Pillsbury attorneys Tom Makris, Paula Weber and Erica Turcios posted their advisory New Threat to “Bring Your Own Device” Policies: Employer Required to Reimburse Personal Cell Phone Expenses. The Advisory discusses a far-reaching decision by the California Second District Court of Appeal in Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Serv., Inc., Cal. Ct. App. No. B247160, (August 12, 2014). The Cochran court held that California Labor Code § 2802 requires employers always to reimburse employees who are required to use personal cell phones for work-related calls for a reasonable percentage of their cell phone bills, even when employees have cell phone plans with unlimited minutes or the plans are paid for by third parties.
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