While there is no law saying you cannot have your cell phone at work, but there is also no law saying you cannot implement a policy prohibiting cell phone usage on the property, though we would recommend a different approach.
Banning cell phones from the property will most likely decrease employee morale as there are times when employees may need to be able to make or take personal calls. There are always cases of family emergencies, etc. where this would be completely acceptable. Instead of restricting cell phone usage altogether, you could instead restrict cell phone usage to break times only and in a designated area away from employee workstations. This way that emergency call will not disrupt the workflow of surrounding employees.
Elimination all calls or restricting use, you will want to be sure to address how your employee’s family members will reach them during working hours in case of a true emergency. One option is to have those calls filter through your reception desk. An alternate option would be to have a second line to your company that is only for employee emergencies.
However you decide to approach this, you need to hold all of your employees accountable to the standards that you set in place. Employees that fail to adhere to these guidelines should be disciplined according to the policy that has been set in place without exception or you risk a discrimination case.
For more information on how to handle this type of situation, please contact us here at CyQuesthr.com!