My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: PA
My employer requires that I use my personal vehicle for my full-time job in sales. I say "requires" because they will not provide me with a company vehicle. Fine, I get mileage, not an issue. What is an issue (to me) is their equipment policy. I am fully responsible for the equipment in my care (laptop, iPad, cell phone). Since I am using a personal car, company policy states that company property is never left in an employee's personal car, unless it is secured in a separate locking trunk. Well, my personal car does not have a trunk. My employer said it was fine for me to keep equipment in my locked car, however, that I am personally responsible in the event of loss or theft.
My issue stems from the fact that I am a traveling sales person - I drive everywhere and need my laptop/iPad/cell phone for business, so it is always with me. I've already spoken to my personal auto insurer, and they say that comprehensive coverage of stolen items would not apply to items owned by another individual other than myself - so if my work laptop is stolen out of the car, it's on me.
Does this sound like a typical set-up? Every other sales position I've had, company equipment was insured by the employer. It would appear that my current company doesn't insure it's own equipment. Fine, if I am personally responsible and it's my liability, I will accept - but can the employer, in the event of a theft, deduct the retail value directly out of my paycheck (which is what they will do)? I don't understand why it needs to come directly out of a paycheck, vs. me just paying them if and when such an event would occur.