by James P. Thomas and Kristin A. LaRosa, Esqs.
For years we have counseled employers to develop and enforce a strict policy prohibiting employees from using cell phones while driving on company business. It’s an effective way to limit employer liability if an employee is involved in a traffic accident during working hours.
But a no-cell-phone policy written five years ago may no longer be sufficient. Blame the rise of smartphones, which now dominate the mobile phone market. Their functions encompass text messaging, email, web browsing, playing music and video, taking pictures and playing games.
That multifunctionality makes it more important than ever to have a mobile phone policy, not only to minimize the risks of talking on a phone while driving, but for a number of other reasons as well.
Talking on a cell phone while driving isn’t the only risk your policy must address. Text messaging and using oth...(register to read more)