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Can My Employer Choose What Notary Tools I Use?

New Hotline Resized 3Can my employer force me to use the soft cover brown journal entry book & black casing stamp if I purchased my own hard cover book and color casing stamp? — D.C., California

 It’s not clear one way or another. California law doesn’t precisely deal with your question, but Government Code 8202.7 states that a private employer may, pursuant to an agreement with an employee, pay for all of the costs associated with the commission. This would include the supplies you use, including the journal. If you have entered into such an agreement with your employer, you may be bound to use the supplies they provide depending on how the agreement is written. On the other hand, having two seals is not prohibited, but you may only keep one journal at a time. You may consider using the journal the employer provided to you first and when it is full, use the journal you purchased.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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