How are others handle providing cell phones to on-call IT staff?
At Butler, I provide university-funded cell phones to those IT staff on call and we eliminated beepers and use of radios while on campus. Staff can use cell phones for personal calls at no charge provided they do not exceed the base plan (else they reimburse us). Given the off-hours work and access I get from the staff, it has been a good investment. I have read with interest other past postings on this listserv from state univesities how this was disliked by many for political reasons, which I can see. But sperately...
Now the finance folks indicate the IRS is now wanting to treat company-provided cell phones as TAXable benefit to employees and IRS is wanting detailed documentation on personal vs business use, an administrative nightmear! They believe ANY personal use must be treated as taxable benefit. Understandably, finance office leans toward simply no longer providing free cell phones.
I'd like to know how schools handle cell phones for on call staff. University provided "free" phones? None, just part of employee responsibility to have? Cash reimbursement to employees when they provide detailed records? Or do your provide on-call/cell phone stipend via payroll? Are others seeing IRS tighted policies?
P.S. A Utah college has info on their web site I found interesting... http://www.it.utah.edu/services/helpDesk/phonehelp/cellpolicy_faq.html#whyown <http://www.it.utah.edu/services/helpDesk/phonehelp/cellpolicy_faq.html#whyown>