Bloomberg Law
Feb. 6, 2020, 9:19 PM

Cell Phone Bans for Commercial Vehicle Drivers Lawful, NLRB Says

Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

Employers can lawfully prohibit workers from possessing or using cell phones in commercial vehicles, the National Labor Relations Board ruled.

The NLRB reversed an administrative law judge’s ruling that concrete company Argos USA violated federal labor law by banning drivers from having cell phones in the cabs of its trucks. The company’s cell phone policy is a safety measure that workers wouldn’t interpret as interfering with their right to communicate with one another, the board said in its decision Wednesday.

“Even non-commercial drivers can recognize that a prohibition on possessing a cell phone in a vehicle most effectively prevents a ...