Electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops are considered “essential” in most places in California, but some residents are able to keep them in their cars or other spaces, such as work, to protect their health.
However, if they are in a public place, that could make them ineligible for the health and safety requirements in California’s workplace-based electronic devices law.
For example, a person may be able to use their cell phone at a restaurant or other business but not use it at home.
The same is true of a laptop or tablet computer, according to a statement by the Department of Health Services.
In fact, if a person works outside of the home, they can’t even use the computer to sign up for an online job or get a new social media account, even if they have a phone, according the statement.
And if they’re in a business, they cannot leave a laptop unattended.
California is among the states that are grappling with whether these rules are necessary or whether they are an unnecessary burden for the public.
While the state’s Department of Labor and Industries has said that it is “not aware of any instances where a person has been denied access to a work electronic device,” the Department has not made it clear if it considers the restrictions to be essential or whether it’s unnecessary.
In recent months, several California lawmakers have expressed concern that the rules have been misused by employers to punish employees for not meeting health and personal-care requirements.
Some lawmakers have proposed making it easier for workers to opt out of mandatory requirements like the one for working in certain office settings or having certain physical and mental health conditions.
One of those bills has passed the California State Assembly and is currently on the governor’s desk.
The bill would let employers who want to opt-out of certain health and workplace-related requirements from taking those employees to court, which could include mediation.
In a statement, the department said it is taking a number of steps to ensure that people who can be counted on to adhere to workplace- and health-related policies are being counted on.
It said it will increase outreach to the public about the law and the requirements, including reaching out to public health experts to explain the rules and the potential consequences.
It also plans to issue a public notice to people who are unable to take their phones for work or socializing to explain their options, and it will help them make arrangements for family members or other caregivers to use the phones for the same purpose, the statement said.