By Adam R. YoungBradley D. Doucette, Bailey G. Green, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowsy driving is not just a major problem in the United States, it is a public health crisis. “Drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue.
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By Benjamin D. Briggs, Brent I. ClarkIlana R. Morady and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published this week a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to “hours of service” (HOS) rules to “increase safety on America’s roadways.”  The proposal, if adopted, would update existing
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By Ilana R. Morady and Craig B. Simonsen

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has just issued a notice and request for comment on “The Impact of Driver Compensation on Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety.” 80 Fed. Reg. 6159 (February 4, 2015).

The FMCSA has been studying the relationship between commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver compensation and safety. The most
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By Ilana R. Morady

July 1, 2013 is the compliance date for two new provisions of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.

What are the HOS regulations?

The HOS regulations are found at 49 CFR Part 395 and apply to drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles. The basics are:

  • 14-hour duty limit. You

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By James L. Curtis, Brent I. Clark, Mark A. Lies, and Craig B. Simonsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Lakeview Specialty Hospital in Waterford, Wisconsin, for exposing employees to workplace violence at its healthcare facility and treatment center.  This citation is another example of OSHA’s ongoing efforts to hold employers accountable for workplace violence

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