ELD Mandate: Deadlines are Approaching

If you’re out and about on December 4, 2017, you may notice truckers out in force protesting the controversial ELD Mandate. One report says protests have been planned in at least 40 states in advance of December 18, 2017, which is when Phase 2, the Compliance Phase, of the ELD Mandate takes place.  

By |2017-11-30T20:54:57+00:00November 30th, 2017|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day of thanks for the blessings bestowed upon us. As this year comes to a close, once again I find myself thankful to be a part of the towing community. The towing community has provided the privilege of meeting and working with people from all walks of life. Many of these people have become my closest friends.

By |2017-11-22T20:26:02+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments

Paying by a Commission IS NOT An Exception to the FLSA

In my neck of the woods, most tow companies pay their drivers by a commission. While the commission system may be the preferred choice for your company, a commission system, absent some other factors, is not an exception to the record keeping, minimum wage, and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This means that tow companies still need to maintain records of hours worked either through a time clock or set schedule. This also means that employees must be paid at least minimum wage if their commission divided by their hours worked doesn’t equal minimum wage. Finally, employees must also be paid overtime if they are not exempt.

By |2017-11-17T09:50:04+00:00November 17th, 2017|Human Resources|3 Comments

Quiet That Title

The sale or auction of abandoned vehicles left with tow companies can provide a nice revenue boost for tow companies. Most states, including my home “states” of Kansas and Missouri (Kansas City is a border town), have a statutory lien procedure designed for this. If tow companies follow this procedure, they can obtain a “title” to the motor vehicle and sell it for a profit.

By |2017-11-10T07:54:19+00:00November 10th, 2017|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments