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Donald Jerrell

Recent Posts by Donald Jerrell:

Drug Testing Requirements for Professional Drivers

DON JERRELL
Associate Vice President

Drug testing is an issue for many employers, but the issue is a special concern for transportation firms and other organizations that employ professional drivers. If you’re the employer of commercial drivers with CDLs, those drivers need to be in a drug and alcohol program regulated by FMCSA. If your drivers are not CDL commercial drivers, then those drivers should not be in an FMCSA-regulated program.

Topics: Transportation

FMCSA Extends Deadline for CDLIS Information, Medical Card Requirements

DON JERRELL
Associate Vice President

So you thought you were going to have to run Commercial Driver's License Information System motor vehicle records by Jan. 30 on all your drivers? Or maybe you didn’t even know that chore was on the table? (Don't feel bad; you're not the only one!)

Topics: Transportation

The Ins and Outs of Fitness for Duty Exams

There's a simple way for employers to avoid work comp claims: Don't put the wrong worker to work. (Simple, but not easy, right?) The wrong worker is anyone who is physically unready or unable to perform essential job functions. Fitness for duty exams can help you ID the wrong worker. These exams can protect this individual from injury and you from your next work comp claim.

Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

Proposed Changes Would Allow Updates to FMCSA Violation Data

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President

FMCSA proposed changes to how adjudicated state citations are treated in its Motor Carrier Management Information System. The changes were inspired by concerns from the transportation industry.

Topics: Transportation

5 Things Drivers Never Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

The time to plan how you’re going to respond at the scene of an accident is BEFORE you are involved in an accident. How a truck driver responds on the scene has a major impact on the outcome of any claims that may follow. 

Topics: Transportation

BREAKING NEWS: All Short-Haul Drivers Exempt from 30-Minute Break [Hours of Service]

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President

FMCSA announced today that all short haul operations are exempt from the mandatory 30-minute break that's required under the Hours of Service regulations.

Topics: Transportation

Hours of Service Ruling Causes Confusion Over Short-Haul Definition

DON JERRELL
Associate Vice President 

Edited August 7, 2013, to add: FMCSA announced August 7, 2013, that all short-haul operations are exempt from the 30-minute break. Read about the clarification in this blog post.

Topics: Transportation

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Issues Final Decision on Hours of Service

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President

Today a U.S. Court of Appeals judge issued a final decision on challenges to the Hours of Service regulations, which took effect July 1.

Topics: Transportation

FMCSA Makes Over Off-Duty Time Rules [Hours of Service Update]

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President

Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration updated Hours of Service rules for off-duty time. The latest wave of Hours of Service updates went into effect July 1, and this revision tacks on to those new rules.

Topics: Transportation

An Overview of the New Hours of Service [VIDEO]

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President 

The new Hours of Service regulations are set to take effect July 1, in spite of legal challenges. Today, the court of appeals released its decisions, and the HOS case was not among them. As a result, the changes to the Hours of Service rules will go into effect Monday, July 1 (unless FMCSA officials change their minds at the last minute, which is unlikely).

Topics: Transportation