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[Blog] 5 Steps to Prepare Your Company for Workplace Harassment Complaints

December 28, 2017 – The issue of sexual harassment has captured nationwide headlines as women and men have come forward to report sexual harassment by high profile public figures. Media attention to these events may lead to an increase in the number of harassment complaints in many workplaces. This is a serious issue, and not…

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[Blog] How To Identify and Manage Cold Stress

December 21st, 2017 – As the temperature decreases and wind speed picks up, the potential for cold stress-related illnesses and injuries increases. Thermal cold stress includes injuries or illnesses caused when a person is exposed to reduced temperature conditions directly affecting an individual’s ability to function in a normal manner. These illnesses and injuries can…

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[Blog] Are Your DOT Employment Applications Compliant?

November 21, 2017 – Are the employment applications you use for your drivers that operate vehicles over 10,000 pounds DOT compliant? Many organizations use their own application, which is permitted as long as the application includes all of the requirements stated in CFR 391.21. Check here to see if your application meets the DOT requirements.  …

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[Blog] What Information to Store in your Fleet Maintenance Files

November 7, 2017 – Organizations are required to have a systematic maintenance program. These programs ensure required inspections are completed along with necessary repairs. Maintenance can include: Repairs Services Replacement of: light bulbs windshield wipers tires brakes springs brackets Documentation should be maintained whenever a mechanic touches a truck and does something to it. Many…

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[Blog] October is Fire Prevention/Awareness Month

October 3rd, 2017 – Fire safety should always be a leading concern, no matter what type of operations occur at your workplace. Below are some questions organizations should be asking that will assist in preventing fires: Fire Prevention/Preparation Does your organization have fire extinguisher inspections and employee training monthly? Is your organization practicing good housekeeping…

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[Blog] Why Initial Job Training Is A Must

September 8th, 2017 – Traditionally, a lot of effort has been used to convey the responsibility those at the supervisor level hold for the prevention of accidents in the workplace. A high priority included within supervisory responsibility is the training of new employee(s). Often times when new employees are hired, they are given their assignment…

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[Blog] Tornado Awareness: Are You Prepared?

August 22, 2017 – According to the National Weather Service, Midwestern states experience an average of 40 tornadoes per year. Knowing what to do in a severe weather situation can protect human, physical, and financial resources. This includes ensuring employees are properly protected during severe weather. Tornadoes are capable of occurring 7-8 months out of…

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[Blog] Electronic Logging Device Mandate: Beware of Citations

August 21, 2017 – With the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, we are finding enforcement is citing organizations for not abiding by the following requirements: Operating Instructions Instructions for how to operate the ELD unit should be obtained from the ELD provider and kept in the vehicle. Paper Logs Paper logs may only be used…

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[Blog] Time-Off Requests and Unplanned Absences During Astronomical Events

August 18, 2017 – A total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States on Monday, August 21. While a total eclipse will occur along a 70-mile-wide band including the states of Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois, the entire country will be able to experience a partial eclipse. Those in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas will…

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[Blog] Steps for Conducting and Documenting an Investigative Interview

August 3, 2017 – Investigations should be conducted by Human Resources anytime there is a reason to believe conduct has occurred that could lead to discipline of an employee or impose liability on the company. Use the following steps as a guide when conducting an investigative interview. 1. Preparing for Investigative Interviews Ensure you have…

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