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September 26, 2012
Employers urged to act on distracted driving

While cell phones have become integral to conducting business, using them behind the wheel is risky for the driving public and for employers who can be held responsible for the consequences.

Writing in USA Today, Jim Evans, president of the human resources consulting firm JK Evans & Associates, LLC, says some bosses turn a blind eye to cell phone use behind the wheel. Others don’t want to cut into their employees’ productivity.

 “Regardless of the reasons and rationalizations not to have a distracted driving policy, the time has come for all businesses to draft and adopt one.” Many states have taken the lead by passing no-texting or similar laws.

Evans urges employers to “dust off the old cell phone policy or unwritten practices and revisit whether employee safety and employer liability is at risk.”

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