“Employer Liability for Technology Addiction”

It’s behind a pay screen, so I may never find out, but I have a sinking feeling this is not a parody.

In a Times (U.K.) column two and a half years ago, I should note, I scoffed at the idea that suits over technology “addiction” would get anywhere. That piece begins:

“Tech addicts may sue,” read the headline. Thus last month did an academic predict that obsessive devotees of handheld communications devices will at some point begin demanding damages from American employers. As one news account put it, “a corporation handing someone a BlackBerry on his first day of work could be seen as enabling, even accelerating, a serious addiction to technology.” …

[Updated/edited to reflect restoration of previously missing first paragraph in reprinted column]

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