David Sparkman

Founding Editor,
Newsletter of the American Chain of Warehouses Inc.

David Sparkman is founding editor of ACWI Advance (www.acwi.org), the newsletter of the American Chain of Warehouses Inc. He also heads David Sparkman Consulting, a Washington D.C. area public relations and communications firm. Prior to these he was director of industry relations for the International Warehouse Logistics Association.  Sparkman has also been a freelance writer, specializing in logistics and freight transportation. He has served as vice president of communications for the American Moving and Storage Association, director of communications for the National Private Truck Council, and for two decades with American Trucking Associations on its weekly newspaper, Transport Topics.

OSHA’s Parting Shot: Requiring Employers to Keep Records for Five Years
OSHA attempts to create a work-around for the six-month statute of limitations for bringing recordkeeping cases.
New OSHA Slip & Fall Rules Impact Employers in All Industries
Employers must train workers who work in dangerous circumstances, including loading docks.
How an Employer Should Investigate and Resolve Sexual Harassment Complaints 
Follow EEOC guidelines, pick the right people to run investigations and react swiftly.
Intermodal’s Future Is Secure, But Growth Will Remain Slow for Now
The intermodal industry’s prospects depend on overcoming obstacles to acceptance by shippers.
Court Blocks Federal Overtime Rule, Effectively Killing It
Employers argued the new regulation would negatively impact workers and the economy.
Avoid Trouble by Creating and Enforcing an Effective Sexual Harassment Policy
The policy also should stress to employees there will be no retaliation for complaints made in good faith.
Court Stays Rules Requiring Federal Contractors to Report Labor Violations
Would have blacklisted companies only accused of violating rules of 14 different agencies.
What the Trump Election Means for the Future of Labor and Workplace Regulation
Some big changes will happen immediately, but many others will have to wait.
New OSHA Injury Reporting Rule Delayed, Won’t Ban Certain Drug Tests
Employers still should take care in designing drug testing procedures.
UPS Reciprocal Switching Comments to the STB Surprise Shippers
Rail costing report to the board also draws sharp criticism from rail customers.
The Election's Impact on Workplace Regulations 
No matter who is elected President, Washington's cozy relationship with organized labor will continue for the foreseeable future.
The Nationwide War against Independent Contractors Continues
If you use independent contractors, make sure a lawyer regularly reviews your contracts.
How to Prepare Your Business for When a Union Comes to Organize 
Besides treating your employees well and paying them fairly, here are some other things employers should do to avoid organization efforts.
The Logistics Challenge: When Change Is Not Enough 
Disruptive technologies and operational constraints are changing the rules of the supply chain game.
How to Cope with the New Overtime Rule—Even If You Think It's Misguided 
By year's end, employers will be required to pay overtime to many employees previously defined as exempt.
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