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October 27, 2014

California Court Case Could Have Costly Implications For Employers

According to the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Center for Legal Action, Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., a case recently decided by the California Supreme Court, could result in higher costs for businesses. In this case the court determined an employee’s use of a personal cell phone for work purposes, regardless of whether charges were incurred by the employee, is reimbursable. 

According to NAM, “Under the court’s decision, personal but work-appropriate clothing, reading glasses, watches, and any other mundane but work-related item will be subject to reimbursement.” For more information on this case, read NAM’s summary and brief to the court.