by Karen Sargeant
former of McCarthy Tetrault
We have all heard the statistics (and it’s no surprise!) — driving while talking on a cell phone increases the likelihood of a car accident even if you use a “hands-free” set. At the same time, your employees have cell phones, iPhones, BlackBerries(R) and other personal data assistants (PDAs), which you know they use while commuting to and from work or while out and about on business. What’s worse, they may use these devices for company business, such as participating in conference calls or calling customers while driving.
Employers beware — you face significant risks under Canadian law if you allow this behavior to continue.