The United States Government shutdown has left many struggling to complete investigations required to run their businesses. The federally sponsored background check site, E-Verify, is not being actively managed and has left many businesses wondering what do. Many companies voluntarily use E-Verify when hiring employees but others are required. The FBI found that they were unable to receive information related to investigations they are completing because the systems are severely limited. Other prospective business owners have even been advised: "wait until the shutdown is over."
Businesses all around the U.S. are facing a new problem, the appalling shortage of new truckers.
70 percent of all cargo moved in the U.S. is moved with trucks. With our economy growing and two day shipping becoming the norm, we need more truckers to compensate for the increased production.
Instead, researchers are seeing a shortage of drivers within the industry. We are not hiring enough truckers.
In a study by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), America had a shortage of about 20,000 drivers in 2013. By 2018 it rose to 51,000. Models predict that by 2020 the number will shoot up to 100,000.
“It is at crisis level,” said Thomas Balzer, president and CEO of the Ohio Trucking Association. “Walking into the local retailer and having a shelf full of product is in jeopardy.”
Suppliers are now having to pay higher costs to ship their products because of the shortage of trucks. Already retailers have tried to pass this cost off to consumers but reluctantly rolled the idea back after Walmart refused to raise prices.
“We're seeing [higher freight expenses]” said Deborah Thomas, chief financial officer for Hasbro. “A lot of it is really coming in the U.S. and it's a little bit throughout Europe as well. And it's really coming from the trucking industry and higher due to the new electronic logging device rules and driver shortages.”
The U.S. Government has also decided to get involved by lowering the barrier of entry for new truckers. The DRIVE-Safe Act, a new piece of federal legislation, seeks to lower the minimum age of interstate drivers from 21 to 18. Members of the trucking industry complain that during these three years, workers who would consider trucking choose pursue other fields who do not have age restrictions.
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The Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill passed the house last week and with it came an amendment that will affect truckers nationwide; the Denham Amendment.
The amendment overrides certain state labor laws and requires truckers to abide by Department of Transportation regulations instead. What sounds simple could have deep consequences though.
If truckers follow Department of Transportation regulations instead of state laws, companies would no longer have to pay state minimum wage to their drivers. They would instead pay the flat rate of $7.25 per hour, federal minimum wage.
In some states, this could mean truckers losing over a third of the pay they normally would receive.
Industry leaders are split on this issue with the American Trucking Association (ATA) arguing for the amendment stating it will create a more streamlined shipping system while the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) voiced its disagreement insisting that the amendment hurts truckers by lowering wages and making breaks infrequent.
“We’re concerned Congressman Denham’s amendment goes far beyond his stated intent,” said OOIDA Acting President Todd Spencer. “If he is sincerely interested in solely addressing a patchwork of state meal and rest break laws, he should consider a more concise amendment. The amendment being debated now is overly broad and has no business being considered in an aviation bill.”
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When considering how to maximize how much you are being paid, many people focus on some obvious changes. Work ethic, results, and experience are big factors but one most people don’t consider is location.
Most salaries are based on what else everyone around you is making. If you are in a small town, it will be harder to make the same amount of money as if you were in a major metropolitan area.
In a new study from howmuch.com, researchers show us which cities we should think about moving to if we want to make the most for our work.
Major cities like San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle are high in the list of high wage payers.
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How much does it cost to own a home? Well as every real estate agent has said “It's all about location location location.” A recent study from HowMuch.net, a cost information website, shows us how expensive homes are depending on which state you live in.
Hawaii has the most expensive real estate with an expected yearly salary of $153,000 to afford the average house. On the other hand West Virginia has the cheapest real estate with an expected yearly salary of $38,000 to afford the average house.
Homes on the east coast are surprisingly more affordable especially considering that there is much more land for development in the west. The most affordable housing being around the middle of the US leaning east.
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We have talked before about the importance of effective employees to your companies success. Team happiness, cohesion, and determination directly affect your bottom line. So what should we be looking for when hiring to create a successful team.
Forbes gives us six recommendations for narrowing down superb applicants to hire.
All of these tools help to understand the candidate on a broad scale rather than just past accomplishments. Instead of basing your decision on their resume you take their demeanor into account as well.
Many people may look perfect on paper but do not work well with other team members in the office.
If you want to read more in depth on these steps or learn how to be effective in when applying to new jobs you can do so at…
Tech giant Amazon is looking at possible locations for its second headquarters which is referred to as HQ2.
238 cities applied for the spot and Amazon has narrowed its search to just 20 cities. The finalists are…
9. Los Angeles, CA 10. Miami, FL 11. Montgomery County, MD
12. Nashville, TN 13. Newark, NJ 14. New York, NY 15. Northern Virginia
16. Philadelphia, PA 17. Pittsburg, PA 18. Raleigh, NC 19. Toronto, Ontario
20. Washington D.C
Amazon promises a $5 billion dollar investment and addition of 50,000 high-paying jobs to the home of HQ2 so each city is trying its best to court the company.
Previous attempts include a Tucson group sending the company a 21 ft saguaro cactus to send a message that the company had “room to grow in Tucson.”
Georgia offered Amazon a slice of land which would be a new town named Amazon, GA.
Charlotte, NC even had a holiday celebrating the shipping company. Busses and billboard touted the #CLTisPrime slogan.
Amazon has not yet released the final decision on HQ2’s location but says it will this year. Be sure to look out for more elaborate gifts and offers from the top 20 cities as the deadline comes closer.
Three new bills are being sent to the Oval Office for signature. Two hope to combat human trafficking within the trucking world while the third seeks to help veterans move into the trucking world.
The No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act puts into effect a ban on operating commercial vehicles if you have been convicted of any felony involving human trafficking using a commercial vehicle. This would be a lifetime ban.
The Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act creates the position of “Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinator” within the US Department of Transportation. It would also increase efforts to educate about human trafficking reporting from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The final bill, Jobs for Our Heroes Act, would streamline the process of active or retired military personnel might obtain a commercial trucker license. The hope is to help military personnel who are trying to transition back into civilian life by giving the easier access to well paying jobs.
Truckers Against Trafficking endorsed the creation of the Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinator but did not endorse the lifetime ban bill. They believe the bill is too specific and shouldn’t just single out one profession.
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When you think of Nevada a few things come to mind; Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Hoover Dam. What you may not think of is an enormous distribution hub. Companies from Amazon to JC Penney ship through Nevada because of its central location on the West Coast and a stipulation in the Nevada State Constitution that grants a tax exemption to goods leaving the state. The Reno Gazette Journal has written a comprehensive article about how this law was written into the State’s Constitution and its implications on Nevada today. You can read it here…
A new report put out by the non-profit Kauffman Foundation shows promising numbers for American small businesses. While numbers have not hit pre-recession figures, the amount of new businesses that are employing people has increased. These businesses are more likely to be successful and provide jobs for our economy. However, most of these companies are not high growth businesses, which provide the most assistance with economic recovery. You can read more at…