New regs for Monday: Commercial drivers, telemarketing and military members


Monday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Administration for commercial drivers, Federal Trade Commission changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule and a new rule from the Department of Defense to help members of the military transition to civilian life.

Here’s what to look for:

Commercial drivers: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will issue a final rule that allows the administration to take action against commercial motor carriers, as well as shippers, receivers and transportation intermediaries who coerce operators and drivers to violate Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, including limits on drivers’ hours-of-service; the commercial driver’s license regulations; drug and alcohol testing rules and the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The rule requires drivers to report incidents of coercion to the administration, establishes rules of practice that the agency will follow in response to those reports and describes penalties that may be imposed on entities found to have coerced drivers.

The rule will take effect in 60 days. 

Telemarketing: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will issue a final rule to adopt certain changes to the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), which requires telemarketers to make certain disclosures to consumers, obtain consumers’ “express informed consent” to be charged and prohibits telemarketers from requesting or receiving payment in advance of services.

The agency is defining and prohibiting the use of four types of payment methods that can be used in telemarketing transactions –  remotely created checks, remotely created payment orders, cash-to-cash money transfers and cash reload mechanisms.

FTC is also expanding its prohibition on advance fees for recovery services, now limited to recovery of losses sustained in prior telemarketing transactions, to include recovery of losses in any previous transaction.

The agency said the changes are necessary to protect consumers from deceptive or abusive practices in telemarketing.

The rule will take effect in 60 days.

Military transitioning: The Department of Defense is moving forward with a rule that establishes policy, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures for the agency’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The program aims to prepare eligible members of the military for a transition to civilian life, which includes preparing them to meet career Readiness Standards.

DoD said TAP provides information and training to ensure service members leaving active duty and eligible Reserve Component Service members being released from active duty are prepared for their next step in life whether it be pursuing additional education, finding a job in the public or private sector, starting their own business or other form of self-employment, or returning to school or an existing job.

The rule will take effect in 65 days.