Archive for the ‘Driver Recruitment’ Category

May 11th, 2015

Last month we made a big announcement that garnered a lot of positive feedback from you, our professional drivers, about our new tractors. We added 635 to the fleet, cycling them in to continually maintain one of the newest, most technically advanced and impressive fleets in the industry.

What does this mean for you? First of all, it means that we listen to you. We have been receiving feedback from drivers that twin-screw axels have better traction in inclement conditions than other tractor options, and we decided to make a change based on that feedback. Not to mention these new trucks — 575 Kenworth T680s and 60 Freightliner Cascades — have larger interiors for greater driver comfort. 

It also means that our fleet will be even safer, freeing up driver attention that may have been focused on shifting gears and placing that attention on road conditions, fellow drivers and traffic patterns.

Finally, this means that you may have more of an option when it comes to your preferred tractor set-up. Your safety, comfort and happiness is important to us.

Check out this infographic for more information about the fleet, and tell us what features you like in your tractor on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.

 

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April 27th, 2015

At Con-way Truckload, one of our top priorities is the health and safety of our employees, which is why we created our tobacco cessation program – a support system which encourages our employees to quit smoking once and for all. Every month, the program grows in success as our employees align in their journey to quit smoking. Last month alone, six new Con-way Truckload employees joined the program and one employee officially quit smoking!

Consider this: 

  • Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer by 25.7 times
  • Tobacco causes gingivitis and periodontitis
  • Smoking increases the risk of having a stroke and developing deadly cardiovascular disease
  • When cigarettes burn, you inhale more than 7,000 chemicals into your body
  • Smoking can affect your mental health

 

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In short – Smoking leads to disease, disability and harms almost every organ in your body.

If you are an employee considering quitting smoking, join Con-way Truckload’s smoking cessation wellness program through TrestleTree. We are here to help keep you healthy. Please call 866-316-4636 for more information or to enroll today.

Do you or someone you know have plans for a smoke-free future? Share your story with us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.

 

February 25th, 2015

Remember when you did not want to raise your hand in school because you didn’t want your classmates to know you weren’t confident in your answer? Many of us find ourselves in a similar situation when it comes to our taxes. Tax laws can be vague and confusing, especially for business owners like our independent contractors (ICs). If you’re having trouble grasping your taxes this season, you are not alone. You have the assistance of Con-way Truckload behind you.

It’s important for ICs to understand tax liability issues, deductions, tax credits and strategies. As a courtesy to our ICs, Con-way Truckload partners with ATBS, a trusted tax and accounting firm. We work with them to provide helpful information, tips, advice and strategies to reduce your tax liability. Recently, we hosted a call for ICs with representatives from ATBS on hand to address many frequently asked tax questions. The call has been developed into a podcast that can be found at the following link:

http://true2blue.com/podcast/february-2015-independent-contractor-tax-services/

Here are some key tips from our special IC Your Voice is Heard podcast:

 

TIP #1: QUARTERLY TAX PAYMENTS

As a self-employed owner-operator, you are required to file quarterly and make tax payments that include Federal income tax, state income tax and self-employment tax. It is recommended that you set aside 25-28 percent of your weekly net income toward these taxes.

There are two methods to estimate your quarterly taxes: the first is the Safe Harbor method. Simply divide your prior year’s tax liability by four to calculate your quarterly tax estimate. However, if your income fluctuates from year to year or quarter to quarter, calculate your actual quarterly income and pay based on that amount. Be sure to pay each quarter to avoid penalties.

 

TIP #2: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY LEGAL DEDUCTION AND CREDIT AVAILABLE

A downloadable list of over 100 tax-deductible items can be found at here. These include any expense incurred in the normal course of business, fuel, maintenance and insurance costs, and vehicle depreciation, lease and interest costs.

Remember, tax deductions are only allowed if documentation can be provided to support any claims on your return. Don’t throw away any receipts, cancelled checks, logbooks or any other valid proofs of payment. A rule of thumb is to hang onto these documents for at least three years.

 

TIP #3: TAX CREDITS & BUSINESS STRUCTURE

You may qualify for several tax credits that can contribute significantly to lowering your liability. Often overlooked tax credits include the American Opportunity Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child-care and Dependent Tax Credit. Setting up the appropriate business structure can result in significant savings as well. It is recommended that independent owner-operators set up a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and file taxes as an S Corp.

 

TIP #4: THE IMPACT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA)

Important changes in tax regulation could have a profound effect on your business. For instance, there is a premium tax credit for health insurance purchased on a federal exchange but a potential liability for not carrying health insurance in 2014. There are also updated regulations pertaining to the purchase of health coverage outside of the open enrollment period, fees for not having coverage and new forms related to your federal tax return.

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In summary, reducing your liability and paying less in taxes begins and ends with your willingness to do the necessary research. It’s a matter of good planning, organization and record keeping.

Helping you lower your tax liability, strengthen your business and meet your professional goals is just one way Con-way Truckload supports our IC drivers.

To learn more about what we offer, visit www.True2Blue.com, and to share your tax questions or tips, join the conversation on www.facebook.com/conwaytruckload.