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Hear Recent America’s Truckin’ Network Podcasts on Truckers: Prescriptions and Workers’ Comp

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Last week, Rehm, Bennett & Moore owner Rod Rehm was featured on America’s Truckin’ Network, which is an overnight show that runs on both Sirius/XM channel 166 and 700 WLW-AM out of Cincinnati. Mr. Rehm and show host Mr. Steve Sommers discussed some of the nuances of workers’ compensation law when it comes to drivers, specifically focusing on issues like the special challenges truck drivers have in taking prescription drugs if they’re hurt. The requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (USDOT FMCSA) rules and regulations make this topic more complicated for truckers.

During that time, the two also took truckers’ calls and discussed topics that included details about workers’ compensation injuries; when to get an attorney involved; the overuse of opiates in the legal world; and more about work injury and drug interactions/intoxication. Mr. Rehm elaborates on this information, providing more details in the podcasts linked to below. 

America’s Truckin’ Network runs from 11 p.m. through 4 a.m. (midnight to 5 a.m. Eastern Time) on 700 WLW-AM, and we greatly appreciate the chance to help educate truckers about workers’ compensation matters. For questions about a specific injury or workers’ compensation claim, please contact an attorney. Mr. Rehm has represented truckers for over 30 years, 15 of which have been through the website www.truckerlawyers.com.

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Rod Rehm to be Featured on America’s Truckin’ Network Tonight

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Firm owner Rod Rehm is scheduled to be featured as a guest on tonight’s edition of the America’s Truckin’ Network show. It runs from 11 p.m. tonight through 4 a.m. Friday (midnight to 5 a.m. Eastern Time) on 700 WLW-AM. 

Mr. Rehm is scheduled as tonight’s guest because of his work representing truckers for over 30 years, 15 of which have been through the website www.truckerlawyers.com.

Mr. Rehm will join the show’s host, Steve Sommers, to discuss workers’ compensation for truck drivers. The specific topic will include the use of prescription drugs to treat work-related injuries and the complications that drivers can have when returning to work.

When assisting injured truckers, the law firm’s attorneys also often helps truckers nationwide through referrals to attorneys in their own state, due to differences in state laws and workers’ compensation coverage.

According to the radio station, “Steve Sommers joined the Truckin’ Bozo Radio Network in 1996, hosting the show on weekends and filling in for his father, Dale Sommers (Truckin’ Bozo). In 2004, Dale handed over the main hosting duties to his son, Steve, keeping this popular program in the family with a new name: America’s Truckin’ Network!

Mr. Sommers is dedicated to continuing the high standards and traditions of America’s Truckin’ Network, ensuring long-haul truckers have news, weather, music and conversation to keep them company over the long and sometimes lonely miles of the American roads.”

There are a number of ways for drivers to participate in the America’s Truckin’ Network show, both through listening and by asking questions. Tune in on your Sirius/XM radio, channel 166, stream through a computer at www.700wlw.com, or listen to 700WLW-AM.

We invite you to listen in and also call with your questions to 513-749-7000 or 888-860-8785. And we thank Mr. Sommers for the opportunity to be tonight’s featured guest!

The conversation continues on social media via Twitter @truckerlawyers and at www.facebook.com/truckerlawyers on Facebook. America’s Truckin’ Network is on Twitter @AmericasTrknNet and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/700wlw. In addition, some previous shows, including previous guest appearances by Mr. Rehm, are archived as podcasts at this website.

Happy Holidays!

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We hope that this holiday season brings peace to so many who are hurting and hurt, especially families and innocent children. May each of you have the opportunity to visit with loved ones who are held dear and take the time to appreciate those relationships, whether they are friends or family.

I hope that we can be mindful through our joy and celebrations to reach out to those who are alone but also respect those who want or need to be alone. And in this season of merriment, let’s appreciate our comfortable lives and good health and strive to help those who go without.

We are thankful for so much, and at this time of reflection, we are especially thankful for family, friends, and the opportunity to advocate for clients who make our work worthwhile.

Take care traveling wherever you’re headed. I send a special thank you to all, truckers, nurses, first responders and folks in other occupations who can’t be with their families because they are serving the public and keeping us safe.

I hope that all know every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore and www.truckerlawyers.com will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and remain closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas. We will be open on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 8:30 a.m.

In addition, the offices will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and remain closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. We will be open on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 8:30 a.m. Happy Holidays!

Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday from Rehm, Bennett & Moore!

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The office of Rehm, Bennett & Moore and www.truckerlawyers.com will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open on Monday, Dec. 2, at 8:30 a.m.

We are thankful for so much, and at this time of reflection, we are especially thankful for family, friends, and the opportunity to advocate for clients who make our work worthwhile. Happy Thanksgiving!

NEOC Awards Whistleblower Client Misclassified as Independent Contractor

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justiceI was happy to have the chance to represent Theron Chapman in his whistleblower claim against his former employer, Midwest Demolition. While the Lincoln Journal Star headline of “Man chased from job by manager with stun gun awarded back pay” is catchy, the real story here is that an employee who was fired for complaining of legitimately being misclassified as an independent contractor won some measure of justice from the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission.

Mr. Chapman had a legitimate grievance about being misclassified as an independent contractor. Nebraska law explicitly prohibits the type of misclassification that he questioned. In 2010, State Sen. Steve Lathrop, who authored the legislation outlawing misclassification in Nebraska, said in his bill’s statement of intent, as quoted in Truckinginfo: the web site of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, that:

“When a contractor misclassifies an employee, the employee is ineligible for unemployment and workers’ compensation benefits, loses labor-law protections and does not receive employer-provided health insurance. Misclassification creates an unfair advantage to unscrupulous contractors who are able to outbid law-abiding employers who must take into account the payment of taxes and insurance premiums when bidding for jobs. The State’s loss in revenue negatively affects the funding of essential programs such as unemployment benefits.”

The deeper story here is that people on the margins of the workforce can sometimes vindicate their rights in the workplace. My client was hired through a job lottery at the People’s City Mission, a homeless shelter, here in Lincoln. People in his situation are vulnerable to abuse in the workplace. Not every instance of bad behavior by management is legally actionable, but that is true from the executive suite to low-wage workers like my client. But fair-employment laws can protect people who are being abused in the workplace and do sometimes provided protections to the people who need them the most.

Listen to America’s Truckin’ Network Podcasts on Workers’ Compensation

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Firm owner Rod Rehm was recently the featured guest on America’s Truckin’ Network, an overnight show that runs on both Sirius/XM channel 166 and 700 WLW-AM out of Cincinnati. Mr. Rehm and show host Steve Sommers discussed some of the nuances of workers’ compensation law when it comes to drivers.

During that time, the two also took truckers’ calls and discussed a general process for drivers to follow if they get hurt on the job: report the injury to the company; how to best document the injury; focus on recovery – getting themselves as healthy as possible; get as much information as possible about the injury and workers’ compensation process; and find a good attorney if needed to protect their rights. Mr. Rehm elaborates on this information, providing more details in the podcasts below.

 America’s Truckin’ Network runs from 11 p.m. through 4 a.m. (midnight to 5 a.m. Eastern Time) on 700 WLW-AM, and we greatly appreciate the chance to help educate truckers about workers’ compensation matters. For questions about a specific injury or workers’ compensation claim, please contact an attorney. Mr. Rehm has represented truckers for over 30 years, 15 of which have been through the website www.truckerlawyers.com.

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Rod Rehm to be Featured Guest on America’s Truckin’ Network Wednesday Night

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Firm owner Rod Rehm is scheduled to be featured as the guest on this Wednesday night’s edition of the America’s Truckin’ Network show. It runs from 11 p.m. Wednesday through 4 a.m. Thursday (midnight to 5 a.m. Eastern Time) on 700 WLW-AM. 

Mr. Rehm is scheduled as Wednesday night’s guest because of his work representing truckers for over 30 years, 15 of which have been through the website www.truckerlawyers.com.

Mr. Rehm will join the show’s host, Steve Sommers, to discuss essentials of workers’ compensation for truck drivers. “We will cover things that professional truck drivers absolutely must know about how workers’ compensation affects truckers,” Mr. Rehm said. The law firm also often helps truckers nationwide through referrals to attorneys in their own state, due to differences in state laws and workers’ compensation coverage.

According to the radio station, “Steve Sommers joined the Truckin’ Bozo Radio Network in 1996, hosting the show on weekends and filling in for his father, Dale Sommers (Truckin’ Bozo). In 2004, Dale handed over the main hosting duties to his son, Steve, keeping this popular program in the family with a new name: America’s Truckin’ Network!

Mr. Sommers is dedicated to continuing the high standards and traditions of America’s Truckin’ Network, ensuring long-haul truckers have news, weather, music and conversation to keep them company over the long and sometimes lonely miles of the American roads.”

There are a number of ways for folks to participate in the America’s Truckin’ Network show, both through listening and by asking questions. Tune in on your Sirius/XM radio, channel 166, stream through a computer at www.700wlw.com or listen to 700WLW-AM.

We invite you to listen in and also call with your questions to (513) 749-7000 or (888) 860-8785. And we thank Mr. Sommers for the opportunity to be Wednesday’s featured guest!

The conversation continues on social media via Twitter @truckerlawyers and at www.facebook.com/truckerlawyers on Facebook. America’s Truckin’ Network is on Twitter @AmericasTrknNet and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/700wlw. In addition, some previous shows, including a previous appearance by Mr. Rehm, are archived as podcasts at this website.

Rod Rehm to be Featured Guest on “Truth About Trucking ‘Live’ on Blog Talk Radio” Tonight

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Allen and Donna Smith

Firm owner Rod Rehm, associate attorney Jon Rehm, and I got to know Allen and Donna Smith as the hosts of the Truck Driver Social Media Convention when we signed on as sponsors for the 2012 event.

But the Smiths also work tirelessly year-round to advocate for drivers through social media and technology.

According to their website The Truth About Trucking, “As host of the trucking blog, Ask The Trucker, Allen Smith is known as being the most recognized advocate for assisting students and new drivers, giving thousands of CDL students, as well as new and inexperienced truck drivers, an inside look into the OTR trucking industry.”

Truth About Trucking Live on Blog Talk RadioOne way the Smiths are allied with truckers is by hosting their “Truth About Trucking ‘Live’ on Blog Talk Radio” show, “which continues to break new grounds by innovative methods to assure that the voice of the professional trucker is heard.”

Rod Rehm is scheduled to be tonight’s guest at 6 p.m. Central Time because of his work representing truckers for over 30 years, 15 of which have been through the website www.truckerlawyers.com.

“Mr. Rehm joins us as our special guest and to take your calls as we discuss this specialized area of law and what you need to know as a professional truck driver,” according to the introduction for tonight’s show. “His law firm also often helps truckers nationwide through referrals to attorneys in their own state due to differences in state laws.”

The Smiths said that there are a number of ways to access and participate in tonight’s show, both through listening and by asking questions.

From a computer: Click on the show link directly at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truthabouttrucking/2013/07/25/attorney-rod-rehm-of-truckerlawyerscom-1

This option “also gives the opportunity to join the chat room and get in the conversation. If they want to be more than an observer in the chat room, they’ll need to have a BTR account. All you do is create a login and password to do this. You can even sign in with Facebook or Twitter. Note: You don’t need an account to just listen to the show, just to be active in the chat room,” according to Donna Smith.

Folks are also welcome to listen from a computer using the embed code found here:

Listen to internet radio with Aubrey Allen Smith on BlogTalkRadio

To hear the show from a phone or to ask questions: Call 347-826-9170. Then to ask questions, just follow the prompts: press 1.

We invite you to listen in and also call with your questions and thank the Smiths for the opportunity for Mr. Rehm to be tonight’s featured guest!

The conversation continues on social media via Twitter @truckerlawyers and at www.facebook.com/truckerlawyers on Facebook.