Tag: driving

President Obama Orders Federal Employees Not to Text While Driving

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting all federal employees from text messaging while driving on official business or while using government equipment.  Click here to read President Obama’s executive order on texting while driving.  While President Obama’s order does not effect private employers, it does directs federal agencies to encourage contractors and their … Continue Reading

Utah: Employee Commuting May Be Within “Course and Scope” of Employment

Last week the Utah Supreme Court ruled that an employee’s commute may in some cases be within the course and scope of his or her employment, such that an employer may be held liable for the employee’s negligence during the commute.  In Newman v. White Water Whirlpool, the defendant employed Bradley Sundquist as an installer of … Continue Reading

Driving Not a “Major Life Activity” Under ADA

Is driving a car a major life activity under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?  No, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently concluded, joining two other federal circuit courts that have held that just because a person cannot drive does not mean that person meets the legal definition of "disabled."  Kellogg v. Energy Safety Services, Inc. … Continue Reading

California Bans Texting While Driving

Add "texting" to the list of things you may not do in California while driving.  As previously reported in the Stoel Rives World of Employment, on July 1 this year, California banned talking on a cell phone while driving (although talking on a hands-free device is still okay).  However, the California legislature forgot to add … Continue Reading
LexBlog