Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Tuesday, December 03, 2002

Cell Phone Use - Employer's Next Liability?

The news the last couple of days has been full of cell phone stories. First, a Harvard survey is being reported as having concluded that 6% of all U.S. auto accidents are caused by drivers talking on their cell phones. Nedra Pickler's AP story was picked up by the Washington Post among others. And then Jonathan Glater of the NY Times weighs in with how employers are the deep pockets those 6% are pursuing. There are already some big settlements, which means more suits are sure to come. Glater gets some different views on the pro's and con's of having a policy about cell phone use. (First, let's start by banning them in restaurants!)

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