During last week’s 27th Annual Texas Warehouse Association Meeting, attendees discussed local and national issues: next-generation warehouse leaders, the American Logistics Aid Network, the supply chain talent-gap crisis, overtime rules, warehouse legal liability, and chemical facility anti-terrorism standards.
In addition, IWLA staff presented the Hot Topics Update, a quick look at regulations and legislation that warehouse my affect business owners:
Overtime Rule – An increase in the salary threshold for nonexempt workers will increase costs associated with overtime. This rule is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1, 2016. IWLA has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s authority to implement this rule under the Administrative Procedure Act.
SOLAS – The requirement to weigh and document containers’ verified gross mass before shipment from port is known as the Safety of Life at Seas rule. Though enacted in July, the rule has not been enforced because of confusion related to methods and responsibility for weighing containers.
Transportation Issues – The group discussed the hours of service and the electronic logging devices that need to be installed by Dec. 18, 2016. The 34-hour restart has been suspended but the ELDs are going into effect in a couple months and will greatly assist with these requirements – and possibly reduce liability.
IWLA also touched on a few new programs that are under development: IWLA Fulfillment Services Council and the IWLA Education Committee’s basic training modules. Stay tuned for more updates!