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Changes to the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rules

Overtime compliance can be difficult to track especially if your employees do not have a typical 9 to 5 workday. In addition, the tests that have been put into place by the United States Department of Labor to track are not always clear if your employees perform multiple types of work at differing rates. Now, the Department of Labor has introduced another change to overtime rules that will require employers to take an even closer look at whether their employees are owed overtime. To learn more a...
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5/15/2024| Reference Number : 259.71.4| Legal, Legislative/Regulatory | overtime, wage and hour, FLSA, Department of Labor, Salary |

Assuring Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

School bus contractors are required to comply with many laws and regulations to ensure legal compliance for their operations. Federal Motor Carrier laws and regulations and state Department of Transportation regulations are normally at the forefront of the minds of contractors. However, other laws that apply to the operations of contractors but are not necessarily transportation-related often get overlooked. One such law is the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which many contractors must comply with w...
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Transporting Empty School Buses: When is a P Endorsement Needed?

Often, school bus contractors, repair facilities, and school bus OEMs and resellers may find themselves in a situation where they have an empty school bus that needs to be moved, but do not have a driver with a P endorsement readily available to drive. Recently, this issue has been tackled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”), so continue reading for an overview of what the law currently requires, and what updates may be on the way.
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4/18/2024| Reference Number : 259.217| School Bus, Legislative/Regulatory | FMCSA, P Endorsement, Commercial Drivers License |

New York Implements “Under the Hood” CDL Testing Exemption to Enhance Driver Recruiting and Retention

In January 2024, New York Governor Kathy Hochul directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles to implement the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (“FMCSA”) Under the Hood (“UTH”) CDL Testing Exemption, in an effort to enhance school bus driver recruiting. This initiative is also known as the “School Bus Only CDL” because it allows school bus operators to simplify the CDL training process for candidates who are obtaining their CDL for the purpose of driving a “School Bus Only...
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Act 56 (HB 1507) Changes the 180 Annual School Days Requirement

On December 14, 2023 Act 56 of 2023 (formerly HB 1507) was signed by Gov. Shapiro changing the annual instructional time requirement from “180 days and 990 secondary and 900 elementary hours” to either 180 days or 900/990 hours. Contractor awareness and planning will be critical as schools contemplate school calendar changes that could be at odds with existing multi-year transportation contracts, impacting driver recruiting, retention, operations, and costs in significant ways.
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Pennsylvania Implements “Under the Hood” CDL Testing Exemption to Enhance Driver Recruiting and Retention

On August 28, 2023, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) implemented FMCSA’s Under the Hood (UTH) CDL Testing Exemption to enhance school bus driver recruiting and retention as directed by House Resolution 15. This initiative is also known as the “School Bus Only CDL” because it allows school bus operators in Pennsylvania to simplify the CDL training process for candidates who are obtaining their CDL for the purpose of driving a “School Bus Only”. Continue reading f...
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11/28/2023| Reference Number : 259.182.1| School Bus, Legislative/Regulatory | CDL Testing Exemption, Under-the-Hood, FMCSA |

The Biden Administration Proposed Overtime Rule – How This May Affect Your Business

Once again, the United States Department of Labor (the “Department’) is looking to expand eligibility for overtime pay required under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”). The newly proposed rule was announced by the Department on August 30, 2023, and subsequently published in the federal register on September 8, 2023. Continue reading for an overview of what the current overtime law requires, what the proposed rule seeks to change, and how your business may be affected.
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