Many states have laws against texting or talking on cellphones while driving. Absent a clear, tough, enforced policy against distracted driving, employers risk losing millions of dollars in jury verdicts—and contribute to crippling and fatal carnage on the road.
You need a clear policy: Employees may not use mobile devices while driving on company business.
THE LAW: Most state laws hold employers responsible for their employee’s actions while on the job. Under the law, answering a boss’s cellphone call means the employee is working. If the call distracts the employee to the point that it causes an accident, the employer is liable.
If the scenario above takes place in a state that prohibits using a phone while driving, the driver faces heightened criminal charges.
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