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ELD Mandate Part 2: The WHEN and the WHY

Posted by Jeff Swan on Thu, Feb 04,2016 @ 07:30 AM

 As transportation stakeholders prepare for the FMCSA's new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, our goal is to help guide you in your efforts. 

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ELD Mandate Part 1: The WHO and the WHAT

Posted by Jeff Swan on Wed, Feb 03,2016 @ 07:30 AM

Most of the affected transportation stakeholders have by now at least heard of the FMCSA's new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. Some of you probably are way ahead of the curve in preparation for ELDs, while others might still wonder if it even applies to your business. Our two-part blog series—followed by a two-day workshop in March—will address the basics and alleviate the concerns of anyone who is confused by the regulation.

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4 Steps to Finding the Best Care for Your Injured Workers

Posted by Jodi Mathy on Thu, Jan 28,2016 @ 07:30 AM

 The workers' compensation system in each state provides a mechanism to make medical care available to individuals when they have a work-related injury. Some states allow employers to direct care while others allow the injured worker to choose a physician. Most states provide unlimited care to cure or relieve the work-related injury or illness. But therein lies the problem. 


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It's Not Too Late to Evaluate Your Winter Plow Contracts

Posted by Christy Hewitt on Tue, Jan 26,2016 @ 07:30 AM

It took a few extra weeks, but it's that time of year again. The snow is flying and that means your parking lot needs plowing. 

So did you just sign on the dotted line when your contractor presented the fee proposal this year? Or, did you check to make sure your contract included a few sentences about liablity or injury? 

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Safety Fitness Methodology Set to Change

Posted by Jeff Swan on Thu, Jan 21,2016 @ 01:30 PM

Today, January 21, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will publish in the Federal Register a NPRM to establish the new methods they will use to determine when a motor carrier is "unfit." This proposal will radically change the way the FMCSA assigns safety ratings for all interstate carriers. 

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Congress Steps Up for the Trucking Industry

Posted by Donald Jerrell on Thu, Jan 21,2016 @ 07:30 AM


Congress has stepped up to help the trucking industry, yet again. Multiple transportation-related issues were addressed via the FAST Act, and now important action regarding the 34-hour restart rule has been taken as part of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. 

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Passing of a colleague and friend - April Weatherston

Posted by Mike Natalizio on Tue, Jan 19,2016 @ 03:53 PM

“We’re going to be better today than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than we are today.”


The folks at HNI work side-by-side with each other to help our clients every day.  We share more than just work- we become friends and members of the HNI family.  Nobody knit the HNI family together more than April Weatherston.  Fifteen years ago April joined HNI and it didn't take long for her to start the process of building team spirit.  When April became the Director of Insurance in Wisconsin she took it upon herself to get her college degree so she could confidently lead and encourage all those that worked under her wing.  To say April valued personal development is an understatement and she challenged all to do the same.  

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Top (FREE) Fitness Apps to Help You Reach Your Goals

Posted by Jim Dudek on Tue, Jan 19,2016 @ 07:30 AM


We can all use a little help reaching our health and fitness goals. Whether it's a gym membership, exercise videos, a weight loss program or a little help from your smartphone, there's something for everyone. Consider these handy, effective and FREE fitness apps. 

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FMCSA Scores Removed from Public View. Now What?

Posted by Donald Jerrell on Tue, Jan 12,2016 @ 07:30 AM

On December 4, 2015 President Obama signed into law the latest highway bill, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act. Later that same day, the U.S. Department of Transportation's FMCSA released the following statement:

"As of December 4, 2015, pursuant to the FAST Act of 2015, much of the information previously available on the FMCSA website related to property carriers' compliance and safety performance will no longer be displayed publicly."

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Are You Coercing Drivers?  What We Know So Far...

Posted by Donald Jerrell on Thu, Jan 07,2016 @ 07:00 AM

On November 30, 2015 the FMCSA published a new rule, Prohibiting Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers, or the driver coercion rule. The rule gives commercial truck and bus drivers additional protection from being coerced into violating federal motor carrier safety regulations (FMCSRs) and will go into effect on January 29, 2016.

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