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By Peggy Morrison, 07/01/2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has established a COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes with the expectation that all nursing homes are inspected to ensure appropriate infection control practices are in place to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19. According to Quality Certification &...
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By Christine Olmsted, 06/30/2020
The energy industry is one of the top 10 industries targeted for cyberattacks. Increased use of automation systems and the migration of sensitive information to the cloud has helped oil and gas companies become more connected and competitive but these new technologies have also opened the door to cyber criminals...
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By Andy Engardio, 06/23/2020
Great news for motor carriers - the FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) will be pulling “Not Preventable Crashes” out of your CSA scores! Motor carriers participating in the CPDP will see their Safety Measurement System (SMS) information change within 60 days after the...
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By Cathy Knopf BSN, RN, 06/17/2020
After many months of closure, the nation is beginning to open. With this in mind, the Director of Quality, Safety and Oversight Group for CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality issued a memo providing recommendations for state and local officials to utilize while determining the level of mitigation needed...
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By Gina Ekstam, 06/15/2020
As a result of the pandemic, agribusiness operations face additional pressures and are: Rethinking and re-routing product delivery around restrictions Increasing direct or on-farm sales Refocusing resources (e.g., distilleries making hand sanitizer) Adjusting to new rules in order to continue operations...
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By Brock Baldwin, 06/02/2020
Let’s assume you’re a federal contractor and you’ve found the perfect job to bid. You’re capable and competitive so it should be a cake walk. Not so much. The only issue is that the solicitation says that performance and payment bonds will be required. If you’ve never been bonded...
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By Guy Sansom, 05/27/2020
Ever since ship owners first started meeting at Edward Lloyd’s coffee house over 300 years ago, insurance in London, particularly Lloyd’s, has been conducted on a face-to-face basis. In truth, this has provided London underwriters and brokers a distinct advantage. No matter the size or complexity of a...
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By Cathy Knopf, 05/26/2020
The 2020 monthly webinars focus on best practice approaches, regulatory updates, operational and risk management techniques to help senior living communities better care for their residents and staff while protecting their business. We invite you to join our specialists at these upcoming exclusive...
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By Ashley Johnson, Lisa Salter, 05/18/2020
While COVID-19 continues to impact our economy, business income coverage, sometimes referred to as business interruption coverage, has become a widely popular topic in the insurance industry. As many business owners struggle to keep their businesses afloat, several questions have emerged on how insurance policies...
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Under normal circumstances, maintaining appropriate nursing staff levels to deliver quality resident care is a daily struggle. Add in severe weather, flu outbreak or a pandemic and the scales are tipped. Traditionally, senior living healthcare communities shy away from utilizing agency nursing staff due to high...
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How Truckers are Helping to Stop Human Trafficking
02/12/2020

We are all too familiar with the term: human trafficking. There are those out there, who are committed to the practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, with the purpose of forced labor or exploitation. The purpose of this blog is not to debate or define the types, rather to understand what is happening within the trucking industry to assist in the demise of these activities. 

Recently, it was announced that Pennsylvania and a college that resides there, are making inroads to help. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has asked that professional truck driving courses include information on preventing human trafficking.  A February 3rd article on PAHomePage.com listed that Luzerne County Community College was using information from PennDOT and a national program called Truckers Against Trafficking in their curriculum. The students watch a video and then discuss how to recognize the signs of human trafficking.  These lessons are also reinforced over the entire 172-hour course. 

This endeavor should be recognized, applauded, and shared by all. Consider that in Pennsylvania alone, 275 cases were identified in 2018. That represented a 35% increase over 2017. When you also consider that trafficking can occur anywhere, and specifically at truck stops, teaching professional drivers to identify behaviors and how to respond, is critical to assisting in this effort. Thank you to the men and women of our industry, who with the help of law enforcement, could save many lives.

To learn more about the national program click here.  To see more statistics on why this is critically important in our industry, click here.
 
If you or your company have questions or concerns regarding human trafficking, you should speak with a professional right away.  AssuredPartners Transportation has safety professionals who assist clients with all types of safety programs to ensure they are delivering best practices to their operations. To learn more, visit AssuredPartners Transportation