The current federal administration is making significant changes in employment law through its rulemaking and regulatory authority rather than seeking Acts of Congress. Another example of this method of legislature-through-rulemaking is the new federal regulation taking effect on January 3, 2012 that prohibit all commercial motor vehicle drivers from using hand-held telephones while driving. The new rules provide significant penalties for
Driving home recently, I was nearly run off the road by another commuter. This driver appeared to be driving with her knees while text messaging on her phone. As I avoided the swerving car and slowed to let the other driver proceed on her merry way, it was clear that this driver never noticed that she almost caused a collision.