employee cell 082718SPRINGFIELD – A growing number of employers have “bring your own device” policies requiring employees to use their personal mobile devices for work purposes but receive no reimbursement for the associated costs. The measure sponsored by State Senator Patricia Van Pelt will provide them some protections. It was signed into law Sunday.

Senate Bill 2999 requires employers to authorize or require this use in writing, including provisions on the amounts or limits for reimbursement. This would exclude the loss or theft of a device unless by negligence of the employer.


“I think if an employee is willing to use their device for work purposes they deserve some consideration for their expenses,” Van Pelt said. “Employers need to address the provision of these devices at the employee’s expense, which may be a financial burden. In some cases this has become a precondition for getting a job, and it makes sense for Illinois to clarify the law on this point.”

The new law will take effect January 1, 2019.

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