I am on Medical Leave and my employer just showed up unannounced at my house to pick-up my company paid cell phone.

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Customer: Hello. I am on Medical Leave and my employer just showed up unannounced at my house to pick-up my company paid cell phone. Initially, it was on a personal plan under my name. But we transferred it to the business account. So, I just want to transfer it back to my personal account.
JA: Have you discussed this with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?
Customer: It is a small business. She is my manager and owner of the company. We have no HR.
JA: Are you an "at will" employee? Do you belong to a union?
Customer: I don't know what at will employee means. It is not a union.
JA: The Employment Lawyer will be able to walk you through that. Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I am on medical leave due to stress and depression caused by working eight years for this woman. She is not ethical and this is only one of my concerns. Pressing at the moment.
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Maybe I should note I live in Alberta, Canada.
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Hello! My name is Debra (formerly known as Legal Ease). Thank you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.

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Debra, Expert

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

Are you saying it is your phone or the employer's phone?

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Well, technically I had a phone with the line originally. Have had the number for over ten years. We transferred it to the business account and she was paying the bill as I was on call 24/7. Now, she is saying she needs the phone back while I am on medical leave and will not let me transfer the number to a personal account under my name
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You do not have to give up your telephone number. If the phone is hers then she gets the phone back but because she's paying for your phone service doesn't mean she owns the number. She is covering one your expenses.

So you can tell her she is not getting your personal phone number that you've owed for 10 years but she can have her phone back.

Does that make sense?

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