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DOT Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Rates for 2020

The Department of Transportation’s operating agencies have announced their random drug and alcohol testing rates for 2020. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has raised its random drug testing rate to 50% for 2020. All other random testing rates remain unchanged from 2019.

Swipe Left to Avoid Liability: Policing Dating Apps in the Workplace

According to a 2015 survey, nearly two-thirds of people in the United States and over 2 billion people worldwide own smartphones. For some smartphone users, their phones are their only avenue of access to the Internet. Alongside the rapid spread of mobile devices is the increase in the number of people using online dating websites. Current studies show that 22 percent of 25-to-34 year olds use online dating sites and apps.

Despite “legal pot” laws, employers still hanging tough

What effect are liberalized marijuana laws having on employer drug policies?

Employers Need Policies on Searching Worker Smartphones

Suhaill Morales’ article “Employers Need Policies on Searching Worker Smartphones” was featured in Daily Business Review on August 26, 2015.

Textual Feelings in the Workplace

For those romantics out there, February means Valentine’s Day! And, with Valentine’s Day comes overtures of romantic feelings (assuming the best of intentions) for your significant other or for those with whom you want to take the next step. For decades, these overtures were typically accompanied by a card, flowers, chocolates, a stuffed animal, or some similar expression of affection.

Texting For Business On Personal Cell Phones

In the last few years, many industries and companies have been coming to grips with the problems posed by employees using their personal phones, tablets, or laptops for business uses. The recognition of the need to develop policies for these devices likely started when smart phones other than Blackberrys began to send and receive email.

How To Create An Effective Distracted Driving Policy For Employees

Cell phones ringing, texts buzzing, lunching on the run and channel surfing for your favorite radio station. Sounds like a typical day at the office, right?

Distracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?

Long before cell phones, drivers faced various distractions: eating, grooming, attending to children, changing the radio station, rubbernecking someone else’s accident, becoming absorbed in a conversation, or arguing. These distractions created safety hazards and, of course, still do. So just what is “distracted driving”? Anything that takes a driver’s attention off the task at hand – driving safely.

Is BYOD Bring Your Own Debacle?

As the never-ending stream of the latest and greatest technologies come out, employers would be wise to consider whether or not to permit a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) practice. With the ever-growing options in smartphones, tablets, and other personal computing devices, many employees are choosing to shed corporate-issued devices in favor of their own cutting-edge technology for both work and personal purposes.

Are You Enforcing Your Cell Phone Policy?

Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) proposed a ban on all cell phone calls and texting while driving. The first ever proposed nationwide ban on driver use of mobile devices while driving certainly has a significant impact on employers given employees' increasing reliance on mobile devices.

DOT Restricts Mobile Phone Use Effective January 2012

A new rule restricts the use of hand-held mobile telephones and devices by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV). This rule, which goes into effect on January 3, 2012, was adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which are part of the Department of Transportation. It amends both Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations and Hazardous Materials regulations. The rule restricts CMV drivers from reaching for or holding mobile telephones while operating their vehicles, or pushing more than one button to operate the device.

The Taxation Treatment of Employer-Provided Cell Phones

The Internal Revenue Service has issued long-awaited guidance that clarifies the taxation treatment of employer-provided cell phones or other similar telecommunications equipment. This guidance indicates that the value of cell phones that are provided primarily for noncompensatory business reasons generally will be nontaxable to the employee.

Someone Controlling Your Cell Phone? Absurd! Or is it.

As if employers didn't have enough to worry about already, here comes the next big thing to fear: * others can tap and listen in on your cell phone calls; * they can know your exact location at any time your phone is on; and * they can access the speakerphone on your cell phone and listen to you when you are not even on the phone.

Using Your Cell Phone While Driving: Doesn't Everyone?

It's difficult to drive anywhere these days without seeing fellow motorists intensely engaged, if not distracted by, cell phone conversations. And, amazingly, some drivers find it feasible (or think they do) to multi-task by typing Blackberry or text messages from behind the wheel. Do you think some or most of your employees may be doing this? If so, are they just risking having an accident for which they may be responsible, or are they also putting your company at risk as well? This latter question was addressed and answered by a decision of the Georgia Court of Appeals. Hunter v. Modern Continental Construction Co.
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