Valerie Butera Quoted in “Distracted Driving Policies Save Lives, Protect Organizations”

SHRM.org

Valerie Butera, a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted by SHRM.org, in “Distracted Driving Policies Save Lives, Protect Organizations,” by Roy Maurer.

Following is an excerpt:

Employers who do not take this issue seriously should expect citations from OSHA, remarked Valerie Butera, an attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of Epstein Becker Green. “On its distracted driving webpage, the agency has stated that employers have a responsibility and legal obligation to have a clear, unequivocal and enforced policy against texting while driving,” she said. …

A huge opportunity exists for more employers to put policies in place or upgrade the ones they have. We created a free policy kit with information you can use to establish or strengthen your company’s policy,” she said. “Employers should strongly discourage distracted driving by incorporating written safe driving policies into employee handbooks, providing training on these policies during worker orientation, and providing annual refresher training,” Butera said.