Employees driving under the influence — of a cellphone

U.S. cases are a warning employers should be wary of liability if employees use a cellphone for business while behind the wheel
By Russel Zinn
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Cellphones can cause impairment

There has been much discussion lately on drivers using cellphones and other communication devices while operating a motor vehicle. Some jurisdictions have taken the step of prohibiting the use of anything except hands-free devices while driving, while others are thinking of banning them entirely for those behind the wheel.

Studies have shown using cellphones can distract a driver’s concentration and therefore have a similar impairment effect as alcohol. With the prevalence of cellphones and other devices in the course of day-to-day business, this raises the concern for employers who have employees using them while on the road.