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Looking for a few Good Men, and Women?

On August 21, 2019, the American Trucking Associations released its latest projection of the state of the freight economy, showing continued growth in the industry. This year’s report projects a 25.6% increase in tonnage by 2030 and an increase in freight industry revenues by 53.8% to $1.6 trillion over the next decade.  Are you positioned […]

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Welcome Amy Tracy, Setliff Law’s new associate!

Setliff Law is pleased to announce that Amy Tracy has joined the firm as an associate who specializes in trucking and transportation liability, insurance coverage and defense, FMCSA compliance, and more. She hails from Roanoke, Virginia, where she has set up a satellite office for Setliff Law to expand its footprint to include on-site coverage […]

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Women in Trucking – Guarding against a hostile work environment

Statistically, long-haul trucking is largely the province of men.   Sex notwithstanding, when you contemplate the prototypical trucker, you likely imagine a rugged individual capable of a solo existence living the storied “trucker lifestyle.”  For men, life behind the wheel can be hard; for women, it’s even tougher.  According to the American Trucking Association, in […]

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Trucking tolls legal?  When in doubt, sue.

I am told that funding roads and highways by taxing constituents is unpopular for some reason (Missourri,Colorado, South Carolina, for instance).  In an effort to still pay for roads without doing that “tax” thing, some states, including Virginia, have opted to try to obtain funds by truck specific tolls.  That effort has stalled in Virginia, but with the state […]

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$575 million Equifax settlement illustrates basic security needs to protect privacy of clients and employees and prevent legal ramifications for your business

Patch your software. Segment your network. Monitor for intruders. According to tech experts, those are security basics for businesses of any size. But when you are industry giant Equifax – a company in possession of staggering amounts of highly confidential information about more than 200 million Americans – it’s almost unthinkable not to implement those […]

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DOT and OMB mulling changes to trucker drive time regulations

Currently, 49 CFR 395.3(a) requires any driver of a commercial motor vehicle engaged in interstate transport to alternate between a minimum of 10 consecutive “off-duty” hours of rest and a maximum of 11 hours of drive time within the following 14 “on-duty” hours, with a 30 minute break in the “on-duty” time. However, a number of […]

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“Come at me, bro!” The consequences of road rage.

As far as your author is aware, no one is immune from “road rage.”  Even the most courteous, patient, caring, thoughtful of us are susceptible to becoming angry at other people for what we perceive as ignorant, aggressive, or dangerous driving that poses a threat to ourselves, our loved ones or anyone else on the […]

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The ADA Interactive Process: What is necessary when handling an employee out on extended medical leave?

Does an employer have an obligation to return an employee to work following an extended unpaid leave of absence granted as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA? You might be inclined to say, “Of course.” The answer, however, is nuanced, and depends on the length of the leave, the composition of your workforce at the […]

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How to Make Scarce Drivers More Scarce

You may not recall this, but as of February 20, 2020 it’s going to be much harder to become a CDL driver.  Waaay back on December 8, 2016 the FMCSA set entry-level driver training (ELDT) regulations, substantially increasing the amount of practical and theory education required to obtain a commercial driver’s license.  Oddly, the final version of this rule eliminated […]

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FMCSA to Begin Making Fault Determinations in Crashes Goal is to Avoid Hits to Carrier’s CSA Scores

On August 1, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will make permanent a newly tested program that allows motor carriers to request that crashes the carrier believes were not the fault of their drivers be reviewed by FMCSA for the purposes of making a determination of fault. Under the new program, which has […]

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