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We cover a wide variety of important topics relevant to the transportation industry here on the Encompass Risk blog. In addition to news, legislation, and regulatory changes, we offer guidance on cost control and risk management measures. Check out some of our most popular recent blogs on these issues: Negligent Hiring Claims – Are You […]

Winter creates challenging conditions for transportation professionals in many parts of the country. Whether facing snowdrifts, torrentials rains, ice patches, or even just shortened days, the likelihood of an accident increases. Fleet safety should always be a high priority, but this is especially true in winter. There are a number of steps your team can […]

Workers’ compensation costs can make or a break a transportation business. This has never been more true than in 2015. Yet an alarming number of trucking companies continue to struggle with identifying and implementing best practices and strategies to control these costs. As an executive in the transportation industry, it’s mission critical to ask yourself […]

Negligent hiring and retention claims have steadily increased over the last decade, corresponding to a variety of factors including frequent regulatory changes. Many carriers do not fully understand the challenges associated with negligent hiring. If your organization doesn’t understand it, how can you be sure to avoid it? Negligent hiring is a claim made by […]

Most commercial operators know that distractions lead to an increase in accident frequency and severity, and how consequential an accident can be. But many operators overlook some of the more mundane distractions on the road and in the cabin. Further, many operators haven’t yet been informed of recent rules updates substantially increasing fines and penalties […]

There’s a huge body of legislation surrounding commercial drivers’ licenses in the United States. This trend continues in 2015 with the following regulations coming into effect: Jan 3, 2015 – States must begin enforcing the cell phone prohibition/restriction final rule. For more info: Mobile_Phone_Rule_Fact_Sheet.pdf Jan 30, 2015 – States must begin enforcing the regulation that paper copies […]

Workers’ compensation coverages are an unavoidable cost of doing business in the trucking industry. But costs vary dramatically based upon a number of factors. These factors, combined through a formula determined by your region, culminate in your experience modification factor. Most trucking companies are aware of this, yet surprisingly few understand how to positively affect […]

This year has seen a significant number of proposed and executed changes for transportation professionals across all sectors of the industry. Proposals and rulings continue to roll out, with varying implications for the wide array of fleets and owner operators in the United States. Failing to understand which updates and legislation affect your business and […]

The Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, presents broad and sweeping changes for a wide variety of transportation operations across the United States (as well as Canadian fleets that operate in the US). The Act includes a number of proposed rules likely to have a significant impact, among these a rule covering the Sanitary Transportation of […]