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  • Conner Lantz
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    We are a manufacturing/construction company with several tradesman working on shop floor and site. We have a cell phone policy in place but it is not making due as supervisors are not always on the floor/site to monitor cellphone usage. How can we add a preventative measure in place? Are we legally allowed to ask for cell phones to be locked up or take away cell phones when employees are failing to comply with the cell phone policy? Our progressive discipline is the traditional verbal warning, written, suspension etc.

    Conner Lantz
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    Some employees may feel that they need their phones, in case there are emergencies with their kids, for example. Being unduly harsh in your policy will likely only lead employees to not follow it and to general unhappiness.
    However, regardless of how reasonable your policy is, it’s likely that keeping personal device use to a reasonable level that does not interfere with work, will be a struggle for some employees.
    That being said, if the job involves driving or working with machinery, it’s reasonable to require phones to be kept in a locker and only accessed on breaks, and any infringement of this policy should be treated just like any other and subject to progressive discipline.

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