Forward Air Corp. said subsidiary FAF Inc. is increasing pay for owner-operators effective Jan. 4.
The base rate for owner-operators will increase 10 cents per mile for less-than-truckload team drivers, and rates for solo drivers in its Truckload Xpedited division will rise by 6 cents per mile.
“Since we began operations, we have strived to provide our owner-operators with excellent support and the best opportunity to succeed in the industry,” Forward Air CEO Bruce Campbell said in a statement. “Our new rate structure ensures that we will maintain this position for many years to come.”
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Oct. 29 issued a safety advisory guidance notice for “persons who prepare, offer and transport materials contaminated or suspected of being contaminated with the Ebola virus.”
Although the guidance applies to any material capable of posing a risk to public health when transported, the new guidance was issued to ensure the safe packaging and transportation of Ebola-contaminated materials.
UPS has announced it is changing its policy with respect to pregnant employees and will try to accommodate them with light duty work. The new pregnancy accommodations will be effective Jan. 1 and the new policy “will serve to strengthen UPS’s commitments to treating all workers fairly and supporting women in the workplace,” UPS said.
The announcement was made to employees and appended to a brief that UPS filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 24.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s advisory committee and medical review board on Oct. 27 approved a slate of recommendations designed to help medical examiners better evaluate the effect of truck drivers’ legal use of stimulants, depressants and opioids.
The two groups jointly approved a recommendation that primary physicians who prescribe Schedule II drugs to truck drivers fill out a one-page standardized questionnaire verifying to medical examiners that the driver they’re treating has no shown no evidence of medication side effects “that would adversely affect the driver’s ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle.”