Can an employer required meto turn over relative’s personal information if I use that relative’svehicle for work-related purposes?

I pick up the bulk mail for my employer using my grandmother’s SUV every weekday andhave recently been required to give them her personal address, SSN, and a copy of her insurance card. I am confused at how an employer feels they have a right non-employee information as personal as this. I am on the insurance for this vehicle and have no infractions. The company does reimburse me for gas at .30 per mile. They do not pay for any other expenses. So can I seriously be required to turn over family information such as this?

Asked on December 13, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Here is what your employer is worried about: being sued if you get in to an accident while driving the SUV "during the course of your employment."  So they just want to know all they can about the vehicle and the insurance and the owner.  They want to know that there is sufficient coverge on the vehicle in case of an accident but t does not really matter 'cause any good lawyer is going to sue them anyway.  They would be the deep pocket.  I would speak with them again and I would strongly consider not using your personal car to run their errands. Otherwise you very well may have to give them the info. Good luck.


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