Progress on ATA’s Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy for 2016 [Podcast]

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As the end of the current Administration and the 114th Congress nears, Bill Sullivan, Executive Vice President of Advocacy for the American Trucking Associations reviews the progress made this year on key trucking legislative and regulatory issues.

Discussion topics include: status of current issues, regulatory and legislative priorities, update on hours-of-service ruling and looking ahead to 2017.

Legal Marijuana: The Surprising New Challenge for Employers

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Marijuana laws are changing across the country, and having a surprisingly profound impact on employers – not just in Colorado.

In addition to the existing 24 states and District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for medical use and the four states that allow recreational use, 13 states are currently considering legalization measures – eight of which will vote on this matter in November.

Businesses must now determine how to operate in an era when marijuana, still federally illegal as a Controlled Substances Act Schedule 1 drug, is increasingly being legalized at the local and state levels.

Many employers and job seekers aren’t sure where state laws end and federal laws begin. This has created confusion for employers and many lack a coherent policy that covers a multi-state workforce.

Are Electronic Logging Devices on Track for 2017 Implementation?

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In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued its final rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for most drivers and carriers currently required to keep paper logs.

Shortly after the rule was finalized, the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) filed a legal challenge against it.

While the group was successful in having a previous ELD rulemaking vacated, ATA believes that OOIDA’s arguments against the 2015 final rule won’t stand up to legal scrutiny. Let’s take a look at their primary arguments.