Quit Before 1 Year Is Up?

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Nicole J.'s Comment
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I'm not a driver but my husband is, he went through a company to be trained for his cdl and all that. Well I became pregnant a few months ago and I just got some bad news from my doctor a couple of days ago. I have a rare condition that can require me to be put on hospital bed rest. This is serious, I could either die or we could lose the baby. So my question is is there anything we can do if he were to quit before his year is up? He doesn't want to but when I go back to the doctor in 2 weeks if things aren't better we have no one else to help with our other kids. He is only a few months from being there a year and we dont want the company coming after us for him trying to care for his family during a time like this.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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He should request unpaid leave from his company. That way he can maintain a relationship with his company and return to work when he is able.

Good luck

Errol V.'s Comment
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Believe it or not, your company is concerned with their drivers' family issues. (Who wants a driver constantly distracted by giant family problems?)

If your husband is in good standing with the company, the unpaid leave thing can happen. A heads up: if he's gone for several months, he may be required to re-take some training.

BTW what company? We can get you better advice, maybe from someone who works there.

Nicole J.'s Comment
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He is with Prime. He hasn't had any issues with them or gotten into any trouble. If he goes on an unpaid leave what would happen if he works locally while home? This will be a couple months kind of thing because the baby would be born early and most likely have to stay in the hospital. And we can't go with no pay for that long.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Nicole your husband should discuss all of this with his disiatcher or driver manager...we can only advise here. He'll need to work this out with Prime.

Best of luck to you. God bless.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Big Scott's Comment
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He should talk with his fleet manager. Prime will work with him. He may have to be rehired by them when he's ready to come back. If he's in good standing with the company and is dispatcher , it will be better for him. If he has to pay the remainder of his contract, I'm sure Prime will work with him. I hope all goes well.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Nicole J.'s Comment
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He is good with his dispatcher. He knows the situation but my husband hasn't talked to him about coming home and staying home until we see how my next appointment goes. We are just trying to have a plan in place and be as prepared as possible. He only has 4 months to go and he will be there a year but depending on how this turns out will depend if he will be going back right away or waiting a while. We have looked it up online but that hasn't gotten us anywhere, has anyone quit before the year is up or know of someone that did? What did or can the company do to someone that quits?

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Old School's Comment
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Nicole, I don't need all the details, but it would seem prudent to me to wait until you've gone through your next appointment before making this decision. Now is a good time for your husband to discuss his options with his dispatcher , and make sure the company can work with him on this matter in case the doctor still has the same concerns after your next appointment. Doctors oftentimes change their minds about a prior diagnosis. Try not to panic and don't let the tyranny of the urgent force you into a making a poor decision.

You've got two weeks to rest and go back to the doctor. Try not to stress yourself out, and during that two weeks have your husband flesh it all out with his dispatcher.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Im with Prime and i think they will work with you. maybe there is a dedicated or regional he can do. consider the health insurance issues too. the FM may be able to unofficially run him locally. like pick up loads and drop at a nearby yard or something...you never know until you ask.

good luck. prime loves families and are understanding. they let me fly home during training when my mom needed heart surgery. never said a negative word.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
murderspolywog's Comment
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First off I hope all works out well. My wife and I were in a similar situation with are first child. My wife moved back in with her mom for that time, my dm ran me around most of the time with in a days drive of the house. When I got the call that my wife had been taken to the hospital I drove the truck to the yard and went home. Area daughter was born 2 months early and spent most of her 1st month in the NICU. I spent that hole month off. The key to all of this communication with the dm. Also he might be eligible for FMLA he would have to talk to hr about that.

Best of luck to you guys

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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