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One in Five Commercial Trucks Unsafe

Mark Napier

In 2012, Roadcheck inspections placed 22.4% of commercial vehicles and 3.9% of drivers out of service. This means that more than one in five trucks were taken off the road for safety violations so severe the truck and driver were not allowed to continue. This highlights the fact that despite comprehensive federal and state regulations, rogue companies and unqualified drivers still operate unsafe tractor-trailers on our highways. The 2013 Roadcheck for North America will be conducted on June 4-6, 2013.
Roadcheck is the largest commercial vehicle safety inspection program in the world, inspecting over 60,000 trucks or buses at 1,500 locations across North America during a 72 hour period.
For more information visit the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance website and its Roadcheck page.


UC President’s Contract Not Really for 10 Years

Randy Freking

There has been much written about the new contract for the President of the University of Cincinnati, Santa Ono.  The headlines say “Ono receives ten year contract!” (See Fox 19 article; WLWT article.)

A ten year employment contract would be way out of bounds in private industry, and much more so in the public sector. However, while the contract says it has a ten year term, Section 15 of the Contract allows the University to terminate President Ono “without cause” at ANY time, and provides him one year severance. (To read the contract, click here.) Thus, while President Ono may feel secure for 10 years, his agreement is really for one year in terms of compensation. So, if he is terminated without cause (for example, U.C. finds someone else) in 2014, he will be paid for one year thereafter – not until 2022.

This is a relatively common misunderstanding for employees with contracts. What is important is not the stated term (“we are giving you a five year contract”); what is important is how long you get paid if the employer decides to end the contract early “without cause”.