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My employer has passed a rule that in the place I work I can't use a cell phone, or carry one can he do this?

in Phila Pa. Supermarket chain, can't use cell phones in bathroom back area dock areas or outside of the store. or discharge from job. What about emergency at home ? My husband is sickly, How is he supposed to get hold of me if something goes wrong? I can understand no cells i the customer area, But where we don't come in contact with the customers is crazy. We are not even allowed to carry them. Don't we have any rights anymore. Our supervisor says he don't care about these problems. What can we do .

Asked By: redlockmike - 9/21/2007
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Yes he can have that rule. It will only change when something happens and he gets sued because the system he wants you to use fails. This usually is the person calling your office and asking the supervisor to call you because it is an emergency. Ask if there is an emergency policy in place to contact employees via the... More
Answered By: thequeenreigns - 9/21/2007
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As long as it pertains to the workplace, yes he can.
Answered By: grips - 9/21/2007
 
Thats an excellent idea,I hope more employers follow his example
Answered By: naseldrip - 9/21/2007
 
your employer can do that. it happens alot. how can someone get ahold of you, the same way they did before cell phones --- call the employer and tell them they need to speak to you -- its an emergency. simple. leave it in your car, check it on breaks or lunch .
Answered By: teamlessbear - 9/21/2007
 
Your supervisor can set all the rules on his premises as he pleases. Even rights that are protected, like religeous rights can be governed in the work place. They cannot not hire you or fire you for being of a certain religion, but they can tell you not to pray on the job... More
Answered By: elysialaw - 9/21/2007
 
I suppose your husband can contact you like we used to in the olden days, call the store office and they get hold of you... More
Answered By: thegubmint - 9/21/2007
 
At your place of work too many people were taking advantage of company time by being on the cell phone. It is his business or he is the companies representative at supermarket. He can disallow cell phones if he deems them to be a problem. If your husband is sickly he can call the store and you can either answer the... More
Answered By: William B - 9/21/2007
 
Yep, once in the workplace, unless you belong to a union, you pretty much have no rights.
Answered By: M G - 9/21/2007
 
he can call you at work Your employer has every right to do this. I believe if you are expecting a serious emergency like birth of a child by a family member your employer make make a temporary exception
Answered By: Intruder700 - 9/21/2007
 
Go work elsewhere. What your employer is perfectly legal.
Answered By: notadummyrat - 9/21/2007
 
Yes they can. Set up a system with who answer's the phone on how to notify you when there is a emergency. Cell phones distract people when they are working. It drives me nuts to hear cell phones ringing and being answered by people who are working.
Answered By: Kym-berly B - 9/21/2007
 
Then have your husband call the store directly and ask to talk to you or at least pass on a message. That's how it was done before cell phones.
Answered By: sparhawk7322 - 9/21/2007
 
yea.,.he can do it..he's your boss...if you have an emergancy at home..and phone should be permitted in your office or somewhere around you
Answered By: trpt110ny - 9/21/2007
 
ARE YOU A UNION SHOP
Answered By: petey00petey - 9/21/2007
 
PA is a right to work state. They can fire you for any reason short of discrimation. Yes they can ban your cell phone. If you dont agree - You need to search for other employment.
Answered By: sportscollectables - 9/21/2007
 
Ask him to give you a copy of an updated employee handbook that states this and then do some research in the family medical act emplace in the entire united states if you husband is really sickley then technically you are a caregiver and that phone is one of your tools may even be protected under the ada
Answered By: redonesmobile - 9/21/2007
 
Yes, your employer can have a no-cell phone policy at his place of business. The only option you have is going to talk to your boss about it, explain your husband's health problems and need to contact you and ask if you can be exempt from the rule. If he says no, then ask him to work with you on coming up with a... More
Answered By: junebug - 9/21/2007
 
It was obvioulsy a big enough problem that they chose to not allow them. They can do anything they want to make their employees perform better, unless it is illegal.
Answered By: memememe - 9/21/2007
 
A private employer has few restrictions. If you do not have a contract, then each day is a new contract and both of you are free to re-negotiate every day. You might want to reach a compromise, such as allowing hubby to call the store in the event of a real emergency. If you drive to work you could sit in your car... More
Answered By: laughter_every_day - 9/21/2007
 
Does the store have a main phone through which emergency messages can pass. He does absolutely have the right to pass this sort of rule, just as you have a right to find another job. Likely the rule was made not to be aimed at individuals but to solve a greater personal phone call problem.
Answered By: Lex - 9/21/2007
 
Yes he can. He is paying you to work not take personal calls on his dollar. I am sure in an emergency your husband could call the store and have you paged to a land line. If you're that upset could you not get a pager strictly for emergencies, ask your boss he might make this small concession in special cases.
Answered By: Jacqueline G - 9/21/2007
 
It is a shame that a few bad employees ruined it for the rest of us. But nothing is more annoying than a clerk waiting on me, stopping my transaction to respond to a text message...
Answered By: Say - 9/21/2007
 
I am willing to bet that there would be no repercussions if you got an emergency phone call on the store phone. Cell phones have been so misused in the workplace that owners are losing productive time. You are being paid to work, not await calls or make them.
Answered By: sensible_man - 9/21/2007
 
Yes,employers have the right to ban them.As for emergency's,what did you do before cell phones?You called the place of employment and told them there was an emergency and that you need to talk to your spouse etc.Your argument is pretty lame.How many times have you been somewhere and had to wait for someone to get off... More
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Answered By: Amos S - 9/21/2007
 
Sounds like he is totally uncaring about the employee's special circumstances. And he will be...until he finds himself being sued wildly because some incredibly important missed call that may have saved someone's life... More
Answered By: Jed - 9/21/2007
 
Skippy say of course they can do that, in fact its a common practice in most work places where you dont need a cell phone to do your job. Skippy say if you have an emergency at home, your family can just do what millions of people have done for the last 50 years without cell phones....They call your work and say there... More
Answered By: Skippy The Wondertard - 9/21/2007
 
Sure he can. Cell phone are probably causing a constant problem in his work environment, therefore he is rectifying the problem by discontinue any use of them. If you NEED to carry your phone, turn it off, and keep it in your purse or in yoru vehicle, and on your break, take a walk away from the supermarket and make... More
Answered By: deanie1962 - 9/21/2007
 
Your employer is perfectly within the law in setting rules specific to his business... More
Answered By: Skidoctor 360 - 9/21/2007
 
I think that's a bit extreme but unfortunately, the employer has the right to set their own rules. I'd look for another job... More
Answered By: Phurface - 9/21/2007
 
His gold...his rules. You can quit and do something else.
Answered By: Mike W - 9/21/2007
 
You can quit. No one is forcing to keep this job. Talking on a cell phone is not a right. It is a perk, or a privilege. Your particular job obviously does not offer this perk. Besides, you talking on your cell phone is costing the company money. Do the math, if you have a job that pays 12.00 per hour and you talk... More
Answered By: harryh - 9/21/2007
 
we never allow any workers to bring with them cellphones during working time. for emergency, they can call you the office telephone number and will inform you such. otherwise, they will page your name to pick the external line so you can talk to your caller (husband). *it's company's policy and guidelines!
Answered By: ~o0o~ - 9/21/2007
 
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