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December 2016 Archives

Looking at the hours of service rules

Previously, we began looking at the issue of truck driver fatigue and the controversial 34-hour restart rule. As we noted last time, the controversy over the rule has not fully been resolved. For now, the “two periods” provision remains suspended, but that doesn’t mean it will remain suspended permanently.

What to do when an employer impedes your escape route

If you have been frequenting our website, you know that employers are required to promote a safe working environment, whether the safeguards installed encourage mental or physical security. Laws protect employees from discrimination and harassment. Other agencies review workplace conditions to prevent employees from suffering sickness, injury or death.

Truck accident involving Tracy Morgan highlights issue of hours of service rules

Readers may remember that it was over two years ago that actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a serious truck accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. That crash proved fatal to fellow comedian James McNair, and seriously injurious for Morgan. It was, according to reports, over a year after the accident before Morgan was able to return to work.

Be aware of your rights before blowing the whistle, P.2

Many individuals who become whistleblowers first attempt to address violations of law through their employer’s internal complaint process, but when that doesn’t work, they do have the ability to report directly to the enforcing agency. In our previous post, we said that it is important for employees who become privy to regulatory violations on the job to understand their legal rights with respect to whistleblowing.

Be aware of your rights before blowing the whistle, P.1

Those working in heavily regulated environments know that there is a great deal of noncompliance that goes on. Unfortunately, corporations too often do not foster robust compliance efforts, and don’t take employees seriously when they report wrongdoing through the internal complaint process.

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