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Recovery of multiemployer pension plans stymied by structural problems

Private sector multiemployer pension plans, which are negotiated by a union with a group of employers, have been hurt by an expansion of benefits during the 1990s and the twin financial crises since 2000, according to a new report from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Although most are recovering, a substantial minority faces serious funding problems.

Moreover, the report found that these problems are exacerbated by unique structural challenges, including:

FMCSA works to improve uniformity of inspection violation data

On Aug. 25, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the implementation of changes to state and federal data systems that will allow states to reflect the results of adjudicated citations related to roadside inspection violation data collected in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). The policy on recording results of adjudicated citations in FMCSA data systems only applies to citations issued during roadside inspections occurring on or after Aug. 23.

Illinois reports on its Automated Oversize/Overweight Permit System

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently introduced a new automated permitting system for oversize/overweight loads. The Illinois Transportation Automated Permitted (ITAP) system accepts online applications for oversize and overweight permits and allows for online payment via credit card, electronic funds transfer, and escrow and bonded accounts. It also electronically issues permits.

Michigan voters want phase-out of business-equipment property tax

By a margin of more than two to one, Michigan voters have approved Proposal One to continue the state’s phase-out of the personal property tax on the office equipment of small businesses and on manufacturing machinery. Michigan does not apply the personal property tax to motor vehicles. The phase out will be complete by 2023.   

Alternate hotel options available for Crane & Rigging Workshop

More than 400 people have already signed up for the 2014 Crane & Rigging Workshop, Sept. 24 – 26, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The hotel is sold out for the duration of our event.  For those who do not have a room secured at the Sheraton, SC&RA has compiled a list of alternate hotels near the host property:

Crowne Plaza Hotel – Dallas Downtown
1015 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 742-5678
$118 King, Double or Queen
.98 Miles from Sheraton Dallas Hotel

SC&RA welcomes two new members and two returning members

Please join SC&RA in welcoming the following new members:

Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC: Alan L. Rucker
1601 Elm St.
Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 777-4214
Fax: (214) 777-4299
Service: Legal Services

CVSA releases results for Roadcheck 2014

Results are now in from Roadcheck 2014, held on June 3-5. Commercial motor vehicle inspectors across North America completed 73,475 truck and bus inspections during the annual 72-hour enforcement and safety outreach event carried out by members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

Real wages, good-paying jobs still lag in unbalanced recovery

Real wage declines and the deep deficit of jobs in mid- and higher-wage industries remain serious concerns in the current recovery, as job gains in lower-wage industries continued to outpace gains in mid- and higher-wage industries over the past year, according to a new report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

OSHA extends comment period on injury-tracking rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on Aug. 13 that it will extend the comment period on the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to Oct. 14. The proposal, published on Nov. 8, 2013, would amend the agency’s recordkeeping regulation to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information that employers are already required to keep.

Asphalt company fined $1 million for hours-of-service violations

An asphalt paving company based in Pontiac, Mich. has been found in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for wrongfully terminating a foreman and two truck drivers. They had raised safety concerns after being directed to violate U.S. Department of Transportation mandated hours of service for commercial truck drivers, according to an OSHA new release issued on Aug. 18.