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Establishing a Cell-Phone Safety Policy for Your Firm

from GBA

All firms should want to establish and rigorously enforce cell-phone safety policies to help protect their employees from falling victim to their own bad, distracted-driving habits. That's the message being delivered by the new GBA Best Practices monograph, Establishing a Cell-Phone Safety Policy for Your Firm. Prepared by GBA's Business Practices Committee, the new monograph — an update of previously issued material — also points out the potential financial consequences of failing to pursue preventives: "[C]ell-phone use while driving creates a special risk…because so many triers of fact — judges and juries — seem eager to consider the mistakes of employees the responsibility of the employers whenever a cell phone is involved." The new publication cites an array of case histories, pointing out that "Hands-free devices are not safe alternatives." Most of the new publication discusses policies and techniques for implementing them, and provides samples for firms to use. Also provided: Talking points for dealing with those who resist stringent new policies, as well as "work-arounds" for those who find long-term cell-phone-use addictions tough to break. more

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