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ACWI Advance – June 15, 2022

Download a copy of ACWI Advance here: In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories: Rail service crisis threatens paper ballot deliveries and may starve livestock. Courts strike down California laws mandating females and…

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Rail Service Crisis Heats Up

The freight railroad service crisis has gotten so bad that it has attracted the attention of powerful congressional and Biden administration officials. At a recent hearing in Congress, it was revealed that it is fueling inflation, threatens to starve livestock…

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Courts Reject CA Board Laws

Two California laws mandating female and minority representation on boards of directors for public companies have been struck down by two separate state courts. In 2018, California enacted a female representation mandate for corporate boards. Two years later, the legislature…

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ADA Covering Opioid Users

The Department of Justice issued a guidance for employers on how to deal with opioid use disorder (OUD) under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But the guidance raises almost as many questions as it answers, says Fiona W. Ong, an…

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FMCSA Extends HOS Deadline

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended relief from federal hours-of-service regulations for truckers hauling essential Covid 19 supplies to the end of this year. FMCSA cited continuing public health concerns about the Covid pandemic and continuing supply chain issues.…

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NRF Forecasts Better Economy

“Though many people fear an extreme cooling off of the economy, there is not an overwhelming amount of evidence to support such predictions,” National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz declared on June 1. “In general, the data suggests that…

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Skills/Labor Crunch Hurts 3PLs

While most companies (93%) are actively engaged in logistics digital transformation, the people/skills deficit is the No. 1 obstacle (53%) standing in the way of their efforts, say expert researchers. This is according to the third annual study that was…

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ACWI Advance – June 1, 2022

Download a copy of ACWI Advance here: In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories: IRE capacity is maxing out, driving up warehouse rents throughout the U.S. Workers are turning to alternative credentials to…

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IRE Capacity Pressure Grows

How tight is capacity getting and the warehouse sector? Prologis Research has updated its forecast for 2022 that calls for a 22% increase in industrial real estate rents for this year. The projection followed a close look by researchers into…

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Alt Credentials Gaining Favor

Workers are increasingly turning to alternative credentials to enhance and demonstrate skills and work-readiness, reports the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM Foundation research, supported by Walmart, found that nearly half of American workers (45%) say they have some form…

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NLRB Backs Alien Rights

Jennifer Abruzzo, general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, has extended her domain to include immigration issues. Since taking office, she has blazed a path with a series of pro-union decisions and policy pronouncements to the extent that the…

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Hybrid Work Is Gaining Ground

With more employees wanting to work remotely, it is the perfect time for employers to embrace a hybrid work model, recommends Gartner, Inc. Employers should adopt an employee-driven approach to flexible working that empowers workers to choose where, when and…

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California Adopts New Covid ETS

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) extended its Covid 19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) to the end of this year, but with some notable changes. The standards have been revised to follow current California Department of Public…

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Retail Strong, But for How Long?

The National Retail Federation’s latest economic forecast is one of the most optimistic we’ve heard recently – but should be read with a few caveats because of its timing. Retail sales are of course the great engine of growth for…

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ACWI Advance – May 15, 2022

Download a copy of ACWI Advance here: In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories: Shipper complaints about deteriorating railroad service spur the STB to act. Employers need to make sure all new workers…

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