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Chemical Industry Urges More Focused Enforcement

Volume 2, Issue 11 June 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter In a letter to the President, 16 chemical and other industry groups said that in place of imposing new safety regulations, the government should focus on enforcement and improving emergency…

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STB Reconsiders Rail Fuel Surcharge Safe Harbor Rule

Volume 2, Issue 11 June 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter On May 22 the Surface Transportation Board issued a notice seeking comments on whether the safe harbor provision of the current rail fuel surcharge rules should be modified or removed.…

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NLRB Wants to Expand Joint-Employer Doctrine

Volume 2, Issue 11 June 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The National Labor Relations Board wants to turn the clock back 30 years to requiring companies to engage in collective bargaining that covers workers employed by subcontractors. Since 1984 NLRB…

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Bans on Criminal Background Checks Grow

Volume 2, Issue 11 June 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Whether you think it will end unjustly punishing criminal offenders who have served their time, or is political pandering to ex-offenders, “Ban the Box” laws are proliferating throughout the United…

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Purchasers Say Logistics Crucial in B2B Ecommerce

Volume 2, Issue 10 May 31st, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter A shift is underway for the distributors of industrial supplies and the e-commerce experience they provide to their customers, according to research recently released by UPS. In 2013, more than…

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Employer Groups Tell OSHA: Pull Proposed Reporting Rule

Volume 2, Issue 10 May 31st, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Employer groups have asked OSHA to withdraw its proposal to publish employers’ injury and illness logs on the Internet because it would result in “significant negative impacts.” Proposed in November,…

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All Intermodal Market Sectors Post Gains in First Quarter

Volume 2, Issue 10 May 31st, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Despite severe winter weather, intermodal volumes rose 2.6% in the first quarter above 2013, the Intermodal Association of North America reported. For the first time in nearly a decade, piggyback…

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NLRB Seeks Input About Unionizing College Football

Volume 2, Issue 10 May 31st, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The National Labor Relations Board has invited public input on whether college football players should be allowed to form a union. The only catch: You need to be a labor lawyer…

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Walmart, Schneider Logistics Settle Temp Staffing Lawsuit

Volume 2, Issue 10 May 31st, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Walmart and its third-party warehouse services provider Schneider Logistics Trans-Loading and Distribution have settled a lawsuit for $21 million that accused them of abetting poor treatment of 1,800 temp workers…

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Watch Your Step When Using Temp Employees

Volume 2, Issue 10 May 31st, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter If you use temporary staffing firms to supply some of your personnel needs, you need to prepare for federal and some state government agencies scrutinizing your operation. This nationwide and…

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Maryland Makes Warehouse Vertical Conveyors Illegal

Volume 2, Issue 10 May 31st, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Under lobbying pressure from the elevator industry, Maryland has made it virtually illegal to use vertical reciprocating conveyors in warehouses and other industrial facilities. The state did this by placing…

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12th Annual North American 3PL Summit & Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum

Volume 2, Issue 9 May 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter 3PL Summit & Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum June 11-13 2014, Radisson Blu Aqua, Chicago Dear ACWI Advance Reader, Gaining first-hand knowledge in logistics is key to staying on top of the…

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DOL Official’s Paper Trail Bares Pro-Union Bias

Volume 2, Issue 9 May 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Confirmed by the Senate on April 28, Dr. David Weil became Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division of the when he squeaked by on a Senate…

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Decision Stands That BOL Must Detail Cargo Liability

Volume 2, Issue 9 May 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a federal appeals court ruling that limitation of cargo liability must be specifically included in the bill of lading governing the shipment, not just…

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OSHA ‘Voluntary’ Chem Limits Seen as Boon for Tort Lawyers

Volume 2, Issue 9 May 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Late last year OSHA issued new “voluntary” standards for workplace chemical exposure instead of engaging in the time-consuming and bothersome notice-and-comment rulemaking process that is required when writing a new…

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