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Are employees who are required to work from home during shelter-in-place eligible for personal cell phone or home internet service stipends?

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Telecommuting employees are not typically eligible for these stipends. However, in light of COVID-19 and the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order and its recent extension, all employees who are required to perform work from home during the Order (“Shelter-in-Place Teleworkers”) are eligible to receive a stipend for either personal cell phone use and/or home internet services. This stipend is only provided where such services are reasonable and necessary for employees to perform their duties. Approval from the responsible manager and local senior human resources manager, or each of their respective designees, is required.

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