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Feds Seek to Protect Immigrant Workers’ Rights

Volume 2, Issue 13 July 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter This year’s wave of illegal immigrants swarming across our southern border has garnered its share of headlines and stirred up public outrage that helped unseat one congressional leader and kill…

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Survey Finds Driver Safety Is Fleet Managers Top Concern

Volume 2, Issue 13 July 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Ensuring driver safety is the top priority for fleet managers, according to a survey conducted by GE Capital Fleet Services. With more than a third (35%) of fleet managers identifying…

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Road Congestion in 2013 Cost Truckers $9.2 Billion

Volume 2, Issue 13 July 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Congestion on the nation’s Interstate highways added over $9.2 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2013, according to the American Transportation Research Institute. ATRI used trucking financial…

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OSHA Joins NLRB to Create Loophole for Whistleblowers

Volume 2, Issue 13 July 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Frustrated by a 30-day statute of limitations on whistleblower claims for alleged safety violations, OSHA agreed with the National Labor Relations Board to inform late filers they also can submit their…

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Chemical Activity Barometer Shows Economy Improving

Volume 2, Issue 13 July 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The American Chemistry Council announced that its Chemical Activity Barometer showed continuing upward growth in June, with a 0.5% gain from May. Measured on a three-month moving average, the CAB’s 0.5%…

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Cargo Thieves Grow More Innovative and Organized

Volume 2, Issue 13 July 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Cargo theft in the United States may not be on the rise, but thieves are becoming more sophisticated and better organized, according to reports from two top logistics security firms.…

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‘Banner Year’ for Economy Adds to Capacity Crunch

Volume 2, Issue 12 June 30th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter As the economic recovery appears to take hold and strengthen, the future looks bright for logistics service providers and their customers – assuming the capacity crunch in the warehouse, rail…

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FedEx & UPS Introduce Density Pricing for 2015

Volume 2, Issue 12 June 30th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Both FedEx and UPS are introducing dimensional pricing that could result in rate hikes of as much as 17-30% for larger shipments. FedEx led off by announcing in May that…

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Survey Says Direct Store Delivery Can Save Millions

Volume 2, Issue 12 June 30th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Millions of dollars can be saved by consumer goods suppliers evaluating and improving their Direct Store Delivery operations, a survey conducted by Honeywell found. The report, which contains feedback from…

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Low-Cost Smartphone Tech Can Help Manage Logistics

Volume 2, Issue 12 June 30th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter A new report shows how technologies like Microsoft’s video-game camera Kinect, smart watches and Smartphone near-field technology can serve as effective logistics management tools. DHL trend report, “Low-Cost Sensor Technology,”…

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Court Upholds Employer’s ‘No Dreadlocks’ Policy

Volume 2, Issue 12 June 30th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter A federal district court has rebuffed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s contention that an employer’s ban on the dreadlocks hairstyle was racially discriminatory. The case arose when an employer rejected a…

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High Court Overturns NLRB Recess Appointments

Volume 2, Issue 12 June 30th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Obama overstepped his constitutional authority when he made three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012. The question for employers,…

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Finding Incentive Alternatives for Family Businesses

Volume 2, Issue 11 June 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter If you own a family business, it is a given that you’re not going to issue equity outside of the family. As a result, stock options may not seem to…

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Court Gives DOL Black Eye Independent Contractor Case

Volume 2, Issue 11 June 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter A U.S. District Court ordered the Department of Labor to pay $566,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs to a Texas employer. The court held that DOL’s position that the employer…

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E-Commerce Boom Triggers Industrial Real Estate Change

Volume 2, Issue 11 June 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter “It appears that the future of retail is not more store or shopping centers but more warehouses and trucks,” declares the industrial real estate company of Cushman & Wakefield. “E-tailing…

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