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It's Time to Stop Health Care Insanity

Over the past few years, we've all witnessed the unchecked rise of health care costs in America. 

Some employers have been sitting back hoping things will get better. Others have been desperately trying everything to regain control. 

But one thing is clear: we aren't winning.

 

THE SYSTEM KEEPS WINNING

Every incentive in the health care system has been built to work against you: the employer.

Insurance companies make more when the cost of claims goes up.

Hospitals are buying primary care centers and referring patients to treatment options with higher profit margins.

Pharmacy Benefit Managers get paid more when drug costs increase.

Insurance Brokers have delivered ideas and tactics. But they often fail to deliver their clients a multi-year strategy that can move the needle. 

Topics: Leadership / Strategy HR / Employee Benefits

Roadcheck 2018 Is Coming, And It's All About Hours of Service

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck will run June 5-7, 2018.

During the International Roadcheck, inspectors will conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. This year’s blitz will place a special emphasis on hours-of-service compliance.

Over the 72-hour blitz period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will inspect commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Drivers are required to provide their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation. As mentioned above, this year’s roadcheck will focus heavily on hours-of-service compliance.

Topics: Transportation

2018: A Challenging Year For Trucking

2018 will prove to be one of the most challenging years for the trucking industry. Although the challenges faced are not new, the convergence of so many challenges at the same time is unprecedented. Among the top issues facing the trucking industry are:

  • Driver Shortage
  • Capacity
  • Insurance
  • Cost/Availability of Equipment
  • Regulatory issues
Topics: Transportation Leadership / Strategy

HNI Adds 6 New Principals in 2018

Last week HNI announced the addition of six new principals – increasing the total number of owners to 28. 

“This is the highest recognition we can offer someone at HNI – and it is purely a performance-based nomination.  We are thrilled to formally recognize their achievements in helping our clients DE-RISK.” 

- Mike Natalizio, CEO

An Absurdly Comprehensive Guide to ELD Compliance

As of April 1, 2018, violations of the ELD mandate now come with a cost. There are a lot of nuances to this regulation, so we put together this very lengthy guide as a checklist to verify that your operation is compliant. 

Approved Devices

Is the ELD listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's registered ELDs list?

The full list is accessible through the Agency's Web site, www.fmcsa.dot.gov/devices.

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Former Patrol Sergeant Shares 6 Often Overlooked Trucking Regulations (VIDEO)

Former state patrol sergeant Mark Abrahamson shares 6 trucking regulations that are often overlooked or misinterpreted by trucking companies.

Topics: Transportation

What 250 Executives Taught Us About the Future of Business

One year ago, we began a project to get unbiased and anonymous feedback from our clients about their opportunities for growth and what holds them back. 

250 CEOs, CFOs, HR Directors, and Safety Managers from 50 different companies responded to questions on the topics of Leadership, People, Brand, Risk & Employee Benefits. This is what they said.

LEADERSHIP

MOST COMPANIES ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE.

Almost 80% of respondents stated that they were optimistic about the future of their company. There is a lot of opportunity out there for companies with the capabilities to act on it.

Topics: Leadership / Strategy

10 Most Common OSHA Violations in 2017

OSHA recently released its 10 most frequently cited violations in 2017.

  1. Fall protection: 6,072 citations—Falls from ladders and roofs still account for the majority of injuries at work, and the first step in eliminating or reducing falls is to identify all hazards and decide how to best protect employees.
  2. Hazard communication: 4,176 citations—This standard governs hazard communication to employees about chemicals that are both produced or imported into the workplace. Most violations concern the failure to develop a written hazard training program or failure to provide a Safety Data Sheet for all workplace chemicals.
Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

New Tax Law Eliminates Tax Breaks for Several Fringe Benefits

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the new tax law signed into effect by President Trump in late December) impacts several employer/employee fringe benefits. Some of the law's most significant changes include:
  • eliminating tax breaks
  • creating a new tax credit for employers offering paid family and medical leave
  • repealing the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

That being said, the impact on the fringe benefit programs is less drastic that what was contained in earlier drafts of proposed tax bills that were being considered.

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits

Why Truck Insurance Costs Keep Going Up

Getting a big increase in your insurance rates is incredibly frustrating - especially if you've been performing well. And although there are ways to mitigate this effect by choosing a performance-driven financing option or investing more into your safety culture, we set out to figure out exactly what is causing this increase in truck insurance rates.

This is what we found:

TRUCKS ARE GETTING IN MORE ACCIDENTS

In spite of the newest technologies and our best efforts, trucks are getting in 59% more accidents per mile than they were in 2010. Injuries from truck accidents are up 48% per mile driven, and fatalities are up 12%. 

Topics: Transportation