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The Revised Form I-9: Understanding the Changes
January 26, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Angela Lopez

In November, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised Form I -9 which all employers must implement in their workplace starting January 22, 2017.

This webinar will discuss the following:
1. Revisions and changes to the current Form I-9
2. What to expect as you transition to the new form
3. Missteps to avoid during the transition
4. Common mistakes made with Form I-9

Plus attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about Form I-9 and immigration policies at the end of the webinar.
About the Presenter:
Angela Lopez is an attorney at the Cowles Thompson firm in Dallas, where she serves in the Immigration Practice Group. She has developed a
large national practice representing numerous foreign nationals and their employers in obtaining temporary employment nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence.
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How to Avoid Common Legal Risks in Fleet Maintenance
February 16, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike Bassett
Keeping a well maintained fleet on the road is important to the safety of your drivers and the motoring public. Taking vehicles off the road for repair costs your company money, but there’s an even more costly thing to consider. Poorly maintained trucks can become unsafe to drive, and if the driver or maintenance department isn’t aware repairs are needed, small problems can quickly become big problems.

In this webinar, attorney Mike Bassett will share real life examples of cases where failures made by transportation companies leading up to accidents led to negligence claims. He’ll share the steps trucking companies can take to avoid similar mistakes.

This webinar will cover:
1. A Real Life Horror Story with Important Lessons
2. The Role Fleet Maintenance Plays After Litigation
3. How Fleet Maintenance Gets Involved in Litigation
4. What Plaintiff’s Lawyers Have to Say About Maintenance
5. 3 Things You Must Do to Mitigate Risk

The failure to follow these small steps can cause massive losses to a trucking company. Any shortcomings in fleet maintenance will be blown out of proportion by Plaintiff’s counsel who will characterize the company’s actions to the jury as careless, lazy, and focused on making money at the expense of the safety of the public.

About the Presenter:
Mike H. Bassett, J.D., is the founder of The Bassett Firm, where he practices in the areas of transportation litigation, products liability, personal injury, premises liability, professional liability and employment litigation. He received his B.B.A. degree, Cum Laude, from The University of Texas at El Paso and his J.D. degree, with distinction, from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Mr. Bassett was a former briefing attorney for Justice Ted Z. Robertson of the Texas Supreme Court, and he is also a certified mediator and neutral. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, the Dallas Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute’s Transportation Committee and Trucking Subcommittee, the American Trucking Associations and the American Transportation Lawyers Association. Mr. Bassett was also a Texas Super Lawyer in 2006.
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Surviving a School Bus Fire
February 21, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Denny Coughlin
Getting children safely off the bus in the event of a fire is crucial to preventing injuries and saving lives. Perhaps no one knows this better than Denny Coughlin, an industry veteran who has destroyed over 150 school buses in his career, all in the name of training. If there is one thing Denny has learned over the years, properly training your drivers on what to do in the event of a fire is paramount to a successful evacuation when smoke or flames suddenly start to engulf a school bus.

In this webinar, Denny will pull from his real life experience to share best practices school districts across the nation should be practicing to ensure the safety of their students. This webinar is ideal for student transportation professionals at all levels.

In this one-hour webinar, you will learn:
1. How to minimize the risk of fires on school buses
2. Best practices to help students quickly and safely evacuate the bus
3. What the most effective ways are to rescue students trapped on a bus
4. How to supervise students after a bus evacuation

Plus attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas throughout the webinar.

About the Presenter:
Denny Coughlin is a nationally recognized school bus expert and owner of School Bus Training Company. With almost four decades in the transportation industry, he has toured every major school bus manufacturing plant in the country, and some in Canada. For more than 25 years, he was the fleet manager over 400 buses, where he was responsible for purchasing, maintenance, and disposal of the fleet. During his tenure, his annual state school bus inspection scores were among the best in the state. He has successfully instructed over 14,000 Firefighters, Law Enforcement, and EMTs on the characteristics and Safety of School Buses and has worked with the Minnesota legislation concerning school buses for many years.
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Asleep At the Wheel – It’s More Common Than You Think & Could Cost Your Company Millions
March 23, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike BassettIn 2009, 10 people were killed when a truck driver was “functionally asleep” behind the wheel and did not see stopped cars on an Oklahoma turnpike as he slammed into them. After an investigation, the NTSB found the cause of the accident to be fatigue due to acute sleep loss, circadian disruption associated with his work schedule, and mild sleep apnea.

The trucking company settled for $62.7 million in a lawsuit alleging their fault, in part because they couldn’t prove they had adequately trained their driver about sleep patterns.

This webinar will teach you about the following topics:
1. How Shift Work Affects Employees
2. Understanding Circadian Rhythms & Educating Your Employees
3. Recognizing the Dangers of Sleep Deprivation
4. How Shift Work Effects Safety in the Transportation Industry

Join us on Thursday, March 23rd for a free webinar designed to teach you about shift work, circadian rhythms, sleep deprivation and their effects on the industry and safety.

About the Presenter:
Delia E. Treaster, Ph.D, CPE, is an Ergonomic Consultant with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Office.
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