Red Flags Raised by Illinois' Algonquin Township Sweeper Purchase
A local watchdog organization makes the case that bid rigging occurred during the bid process for a new street sweeper in Algonquin Township, Illinois. Read about it.
FMCSA Releases Final Hours of Service Rule
On December 22, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled its final hours of service rule (HOS), which establishes new regulations limiting the amount of time commercial drivers can spend behind the wheel. Read about it.
NLRB Issues Final Rule Regarding Employee Rights Notification
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a Final Rule requiring most private-sector employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Goes into effect November 14, 2011. Read about it.
Immigration-Related Audits: What Employers Need to Know
There are three potential "hot spots" for audits and investigations for the government related to the immigration and nationality laws. Here they, along with what you need to know to remain in compliance. Read the story.
The Legalities of Holiday Business Parties: Avoiding a Holly, Jolly Lawsuit
This article, written by a human resources attorney, addresses the most common complaints stemming from holiday business parties. These include excessive drinking, sexual advances, off-color or inappropriate jokes—even arguments and fistfights. If you're considering having a holiday party, be sure to take a look. Read the story.
Ethics: Does Your Organization Have It?
As we enter a more socially responsible age of greater caring for others, this factor may count for more than you think. Read the story.
OSHA is here to help YOU!
OSHA compliance can be daunting. Here are some case studies, as well as information about how you can ensure your organization is complying with current OSHA requirements. Read the story.
Good Contracts Make for Great Relationships
Contract law attorney provides a host of insights to how contracts should be written. Written to be applicable to both sweeping contractors and municipal entities. Includes link to a 50+ page handout. Read the story.
DOT Drug Testing Requirements as of 1996
The state director of a DOT office provides information about the changes in drug testing requirements that will affect many sweeping companies. Read the story.
Attorney provides legal details on how to conduct your interviewing so as to minimize liability later on. Read the story.
Hand-held Cell Phones Banned for Commercial Drivers
Nationwide, beginning January 3, 2012, all commercial drivers, including truck and bus drivers were banned from using hand-held cell phones. There is a stiff fine of up to $2,700 per offense for truckers and bus drivers caught using hand-held cell phones while driving. Includes FAQ section. Read about it.
Federal Sweeper Noise Regs Explained... And More
We received an inquiry from an employee of the New York State Department of Transportation. He wrote in asking if we could provide the agency with current sweeper noise regulations for inside the cab, as well as outside at the sweeper itself. This article provides that information, as well as explains the dB scale and offers tips on reducing sweeper noise complaints. Read the story.
Prevention of H1N1 (Swine Flu) in the Workplace
The following practical information and preventative steps are some of the things employers should consider related to H1N1, commonly known as swine flu. Note that these guidelines may also be applicable with other general workforce general health situations. Read the story.
E-Verify Now Required for Employer Verification
Effective September 8, 2009, federal contractors with contracts in excess of $100,000 are required to use E-Verify, a free, internet-based program run by the federal government for verifying employment eligibility of workers employed in the United States. Read the story.
Washington State sweeping contractor fined over $1 million for using dyed fuel improperly.
This penalty, levied in June of 2006, shows the extreme penalties the IRS imposes for use of dyed fuel for highway travel. Read the story.
California's Portable Engine Permit Requirements
Operating a sweeper with an auxiliary engine of 51hp or more now requires a permit in some areas of California. This program is so stringent that, depending on the area in which you operate in that state, you may not even be able to get the required permit any more if your sweeper auxiliary engine(s) are not Tier II-Certified. Read the story.
DOT Regulation Guidelines for Sweepers
Here is a complete overview of DOT requirements. Since this article was written in late 2004, be sure to use it only as an overview of current regs!Read the story.
Drug and Alcohol Compliance
Are you in compliance with the DOT's alcohol and drug testing rules? Attorney Matthew Vega provides an overview of the requirements written prior to when they were enacted. Read the story.