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More Liabitility for Employers: First Cell Phones, Now BlackBerrys

Just as employers have started to implement policies to minimize liability arising out of employees driving while using cell phones, they may have a new concern to worry about: liability for using a BlackBerry while driving. That's the subject of Mike Fox's post at Employer's Lawyer entitled "BlackBerry and Driving -- An Employer's Problem?"

Fox writes about a recent settlement of $4.1 million awarded to a Chicago area woman who was injured when a van driver ran a red light and plowed into her car. The reason he didn't stop? He was looking down at his BlackBerry, not to read a text message but, instead, for navigational purposes because he was lost.

Fox writes that any kind of multitasking associated with a job while driving -- whether finding appropriate directions to a site or communicating for a job-related reason --  poses a potential problem for employers.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on December 13, 2006 at 03:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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