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ELD Integration Requirements and Considerations

Posted by Jim Dudek on Thu, Aug 25,2016 @ 07:30 AM

With the upcoming Electronic Logging Device Mandate just over a year away with a deadline of December 16, 2017, many companies have questions about what this means for their fleet, and what is the best way to remain compliant. Preparation in this area will prove beneficial with this major change, especially when it comes to choosing an ELD vendor. 

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From the Intern's Desk: A Summer Spent With HNI

Posted by Katelynn Lorenzi on Tue, Aug 23,2016 @ 07:30 AM

I'll fill you in on a little secret - this is actually my second summer spent with HNI, so I know the ins and outs of all things HNI related (one might even say I'm an expert!) So, when asked to share my thoughts following another fantastic summer spent here, I jumped at the opportunity. Buckle up because I'm going to take you on a ride through what it's like to be an Accounting Intern for HNI Risk Services - please keep all hands and feet inside the vehicle.

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Through the Looking-Glass and What the Intern Found There

Posted by Lindsay Bartelme on Fri, Aug 19,2016 @ 07:30 AM

When first embarking on my hunt for a summer internship, I began by seeing if there was any in the area. Eventually, I set my sights on a few and decided to toss my hat in the ring. From the beginning, HNI stood out as my top choice due to online reviews, quirky job postings, and the numerous awards earned. From those few hints I was able to gather that this was a place I would enjoy spending my summer.

My initial thoughts were further emphasized during the interview. Even the furniture told me that this company was going somewhere and that I should quickly hop on for the ride. It wasn’t just white walls with the occasional fake plants and cubicles. It was about change, growth, and a little adventure.

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How to go From Intern to CEO in a Summer

Posted by Mitchell Keiper on Mon, Aug 15,2016 @ 07:30 AM

I never thought I would work at HNI. And not because I didn’t have the dexterity, but because I’d never even heard of them. So how did I go from lowly intern to mighty CEO in a summer? Well - I didn't, but the knowledge and experience I gained has set me on the fast track to world domination, or at least a great job upon graduation. So my fellow interns - listen up, because I'm about to share the good, the bad, and the ugly of my summer internship. 

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Your CSA scores are good, so there is nothing to worry about, right? Think again.

Posted by Donald Jerrell on Tue, Aug 09,2016 @ 07:30 AM

The “Driver Coercion” rule has changed the focus for the FMCSA - it has caused them to move complaints from the bottom of their list to the top. While following up on these complaints they may not be finding the coercion claimed, but after going through the process they are finding issues that are causing conditional ratings and fines. It is essential that you do not let your guard down and remain focused on having the processes and procedures in place to ensure you are compliant. 

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Ask the Advisor: OSHA Law, WC Law, and Drug & Alcohol Policies

Posted by HNI Advisory on Wed, Aug 03,2016 @ 07:30 AM

Recent changes to Wisconsin Worker's Compensation laws have garnered much confusion surrounding an employer's Drug & Alcohol Policy. And with the upcoming OSHA law going into effect on August 11, 2016, drug and alcohol testing following a work injury is going to get a lot trickier. Here are three questions commonly asked when discussing compliance in these areas. 


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Tesla: Trucking's Newest Wicked Problem

Posted by Michael Natalizio on Thu, Jul 21,2016 @ 10:00 AM

The transportation industry is no stranger to wicked problems.  And yesterday Tesla CEO Elon Musk added one more.  Musk announced the second part of his Tesla Master Plan (Master Plan, part deux), where he described Tesla’s ambitious new endeavors - including a plan to build autonomous (self-driving) semi trucks. 

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Top 10 Things About Captive Insurance Companies

Posted by Kyle Pionek on Thu, Jul 21,2016 @ 07:30 AM

Small to mid-sized companies between 50-500 employees have historically found themselves in a difficult situation.  Should they fully insure or self-insure their health plan? If the decision is to fully insure, employers encounter annually increasing premiums. This is due to medical trend, health care reform fees such as the Federal Insurer Fee, and fixed costs which include state premium taxes and built-in profit margin. 

Conversely, if the decision is to move to a self-insured plan, many firms worry about the increased financial risk. Employers with a low specific stop loss deductible will pay high premiums for those lower thresholds.  However, if the deductibles are increased, the potential claims risk also rises. Enter the group health captive.

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What Pokémon GO Can Teach Your Business About Safety

Posted by Kyle Meinert on Tue, Jul 19,2016 @ 07:30 AM

The ability to toggle between the real world and the virtual world is an enticing part of the latest and greatest app, Pokémon GO. Augmented reality is growing in popularity in the world of tech, but it also poses numerous risks to users. Safety has been a major topic of conversation surrounding this new app - cautioning users to be alert when using the app and to also use common sense when in strange areas while on the hunt to catch em' all. But what can Pokémon GO teach your business about safety? More than you may think.

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Brace Yourself: Increasing DOL Fines Are Coming

Posted by Hugh Devlyn on Wed, Jul 13,2016 @ 07:30 AM

The Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a rather aggressive program to test if companies are complying with the Form 5500 and associated audit report requirements in a timely way. For non-compliant companies a fine of up to $2,063 per day is a reality they soon may face. 

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