Should a company have a policy around the use of cell phones in your personal vehicle while on company business?

Posted 04-14-2010

Ann Kiernan replies:

Certainly! If you allow cell phone use while driving, that policy should require using a hands-free device. You may want to consider banning cell phone use entirely, except in emergencies. Studies suggest whether or not they are using a hands-free device, drivers who are talking on the phone are distracted from the road.

I suggest you talk to your insurance carrier about a model policy.


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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.