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Key considerations for prioritizing worker safety during the holiday season
2022-12-02T06:00:00Z

Key considerations for prioritizing worker safety during the holiday season

As the holiday shopping season commences, OSHA urges employers to prioritize worker safety, particularly in retail sales, delivery services, and order fulfillment centers. The agency’s Holiday Workplace Safety webpage features guidance and resources around the following topics:

  • Ergonomics
  • Forklift safety
  • Warehousing safety
  • Crowd management
  • Workplace violence in late-night retail
  • Trucking industry
  • Safe driving
  • Winter weather hazards/precautions
  • Training
  • Temporary/seasonal workers
  • Workplace stress
  • Young workers
Transport company and HR services provider pay $90,000 to settle sex discrimination retaliation claim
2022-12-02T06:00:00Z

Transport company and HR services provider pay $90,000 to settle sex discrimination retaliation claim

A Texas-based transportation services company and an HR services provider agreed to pay $90,000 to a former employee to resolve a sex discrimination and retaliation charge filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The agreement, announced in late November, resolved a charge alleging that the employee, whose job was to recruit and train new truck drivers, was fired immediately after complaining about discriminatory treatment by a supervisor.

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A speed limiter mandate may be coming. How can it benefit carriers?
2022-12-02T06:00:00Z

A speed limiter mandate may be coming. How can it benefit carriers?

Speed limiters are a feature within electronic control units (ECUs) capable of governing speed when the vehicle owner sets the ECU to do so.

In May 2022, FMCSA issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to publish a mandate on speed limiters, which is expected in 2023. The notice did not outline a maximum speed limit but would apply to heavy-duty trucks manufactured after a specific date, possibly 2003.

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Understanding the National Safety Code (NSC) Part 1
2022-12-02T06:00:00Z

Understanding the National Safety Code (NSC) Part 1

These days, operating a commercial fleet involves many different compliance issues, regulations, standardized licensing, and permits involved with operating a commercial trucking vehicle are the norm. In Canada, provincial regulations governing commercial vehicles, drivers, and motor carriers are based on the National Safety Code (NSC) standards.

But what is the NSC and what are the standards? It’s a complicated answer because there are 16 standards involved. The NSC is designed to create a comprehensive code of minimum performance standards for the safe operation of passenger and commercial vehicles. The NSC provides guidance for legislative, regulatory, and administrative action by each jurisdiction and focuses on three components:

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What does the FMLA have to do with the Respect for Marriage Act?
2022-12-02T06:00:00Z

What does the FMLA have to do with the Respect for Marriage Act?

The Respect for Marriage Act (HR 8404) is a bill in the U.S. Congress that, if enacted, would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. The bill would replace provisions that define aspects of marriage for purposes of federal law (such as the FMLA).

Potential changes include, for example, replacing the provision that says marriage is between a man and a woman, as well as the term spouse as being a person of the opposite sex. Revised provisions would recognize any marriage that is valid under state law.

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