California Employment Law Update
California businesses need to be prepared for a new law taking effect on July 1, 2008 that will change how California drivers can use their cell phones. Businesses with employee drivers in California should educate their workers about this new law and establish policies for compliance. Effective July 1, a driver may not operate a motor vehicle in California while using a wireless phone, unless the phone is used in a manner to allow hands-free listening and talking. However, hands-free devices need not be used when the driver is using his or her wireless phone for certain emergency purposes. Until July 1, 2011, hands-free listening and talking is not required for drivers of certain motor trucks, tractors, farm vehicles, commercial vehicles, and tow trucks. Additionally, effective July 1, 2008, except in case of emergency, drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using wireless phones while driving, including cell phones equipped with hands-free devices.