Employment attorneys are warning of increased employer liability for repetitive-stress injuries to employees’ hands and thumbs caused by overuse of PDAs. As a work-related injury, this can trigger workers’ compensation claims.
Advice: Suggest that employee/PDA users: (1) take frequent breaks; (2) write fewer and shorter messages and learn to abbreviate; (3) try to avoid “thumb-typing.” Use fingers, too; and (4) place a support in your lap, if possible, so wrists are not flexed or bent while typing.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- It's up to you to stay current on industry-specific regs
- Judge says sewer worker's firing doesn't pass smell test
- Watch out for retaliation—even if employee never made formal discrimination complaint
- Recession playing havoc with FLSA exemptions