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The FMCSA has issued additional guidance describing more activities that fall under its emergency declaration for drivers responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
03/27/20
Emergency exemption provides HOS relief to carriers and drivers providing essential services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
03/27/20
International Roadcheck, scheduled for May 5-7, 2020, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Plans are to reschedule later this year.
03/26/20
FMCSA’s guidance does not offer a complete exemption from DOT testing requirements due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
03/25/20
The FMCSA has granted a waiver for certain CDL, CLP, and medical-certification requirements through June 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
03/24/20
Motor carriers are required to make all attempts to fulfill drug and alcohol testing requirements during pandemic.
03/23/20
Form I-9 in-person review requirements have been substantially relaxed for remote employers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers are still responsible for the form’s accuracy.
03/23/20
Motor carriers are waiting on FMCSA to offer relief from regulatory requirements.
03/20/20
State and provincial jurisdictions are granting temporary waivers for registrations and permits due to the impact of the coronavirus.
03/20/20
The FMCSA has expanded an emergency exemption that provides regulatory relief for certain truck and bus drivers assisting in coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts.
03/19/20
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is in the hands of the Senate.
03/19/20
The bill that included expanded FMLA provisions and paid sick leave has become law.
03/19/20
This bill continues to evolve. In this version, employers must provide up to 10 days of paid sick leave, and the reasons for FMLA leave have been reduced.
03/18/20
Mitigate your risk by making a list of affected services
03/18/20
Includes rules for hours of service and driver qualification, among other requirements
03/17/20
If passed, employers with fewer than 500 would need to provide paid leave, expand FMLA leave.
03/17/20
OSHA has issued temporary enforcement guidance to its Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) easing enforcement of the annual fit-testing requirements of the respiratory protection standard – specifically for the healthcare industry – due to supply shortages of N95 respirators.
03/17/20
Congress is pushing for immediate paid leave due to COVID-19 concerns
03/16/20
To help employers plan for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace, OSHA has published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19”
03/16/20
An analysis of the impact on trucking
03/16/20
The regulatory relief from Part 390-399 of the FMCSRs has specific criteria to qualify, and the emergency declaration is not exempting carriers from other FMCSA regulations.
03/16/20
Carriers providing direct assistance to those affected could see regulatory relief
03/14/20
Employers can be cited under the General Duty Clause for failing to protect employees from recognized hazards – including workplace violence – and for not actually implementing policies they have created to control such hazards
03/09/20
While Congress has not recently expanded the FMLA, members of Congress continue to apply pressure for such changes
03/09/20
The FMCSA’s push to add more flexibility to the hours-of-service rules is one step closer to reality
03/03/20
FMCSA announced plans to study the impact of harassment and assault on minority men and female truck drivers in the workplace
03/02/20
The NLRB’s final joint employer rule can help employees better understand their employment circumstances for purposes of unfair labor practices
03/02/20
While the novel coronavirus exposure risk to most workers is currently low, OSHA recommends employers remain aware of the evolving outbreak situation and adapt infection control measures as needed
03/02/20