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August 2016 Significant Rulemaking Recap

By |August 22nd, 2016|

AUGUST 23, 2016 - Summers always go by too quickly – and this year was no exception. Regulations, however, don’t take vacations, so as you were busy running your company, hauling freight, or getting in some much-deserved beach time, numerous proposed rules and regs continued to work [...]

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Setting Your Business Up for Success

By |August 22nd, 2016|

AUGUST 22, 2016 - When it comes to developing relationships with direct shippers, a little preparation can go a long way. Not only will you ensure that you’re putting your best foot forward as a business owner, but you’ll be better prepared to negotiate freight rates [...]

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Independent Contracting: Inform and Protect Yourself

By |August 19th, 2016|

AUGUST 19, 2016 - So you’re thinking about striking out on your own. You envision more possibilities, greater flexibility and an opportunity to run and (ideally) grow your own business. But as with anything, there are pros and cons to being an independent contractor in the [...]

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Why Consider MVR Monitoring?

By |August 18th, 2016|

AUGUST 18, 2016 - As a DOT-regulated business, you’re already required to keep annual motor vehicle records (MVR) for all active drivers. The challenge is that potential issues could occur between your initial check and the annual report. This creates a situation where you're finding out [...]

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DEA Rules to Keep Marijuana a Schedule 1 Drug

By |August 17th, 2016|

AUGUST 17, 2016 - On August 11th, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) ruled to keep Marijuana a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The ruling was in response to two petitions filed with the DEA asking to reschedule Marijuana from Schedule 1, or [...]

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Understanding Your DOT-Required Background Checks

By |August 11th, 2016|

Below is an excerpt from our new ebook, “The Motor Carrier's Guide to Hiring Drivers.” AUGUST 11, 2016 - If you’re carrying freight on U.S. roadways, there are specific rules you must follow, as stipulated by the FMCSA, to ensure that you are employing qualified drivers [...]

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New Rules on Discrimination and Injury Reporting

By |August 10th, 2016|

  Updated August 12, 2016: OSHA's new rule originally required compliance by August 10 2016, but that date has been delayed until November 1st, 2016. - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published new rules on discrimination and injury reporting on May 12, 2016. [...]

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A Change to Your Required DOT Vehicle Inspections

By |August 9th, 2016|

AUGUST 9, 2016 - Annual or Periodic DOT Vehicle Inspections (the inspections in which you receive a sticker on the CMV indicating that it has passed inspection) must be conducted by a Qualified Inspector at a minimum of once every 12 months. Until recently, a violation-free [...]