Giving Notice

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Kevin L.'s Comment
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Ok so I want to know what you guys would do. I have decided to leave my current job after the holidays. I have a lot of reasons why which really don’t matter that much. I applied for another driving job and can go to orientation whenever I’m ready they said. I have an appointment with a surgeon on the 21 to discuss getting my appendix out and I’m thinking the recovery will be more than 14 days. The company takes their truck back if your out sick more than 14 days. I don’t know how long my medical coverage lasts after you leave the company. I believe though it would be in my best interest to simply clean out my truck prior to the surgery then giving notice after the surgery as they will recover my truck if I’m not ready to roll in 14 days. That way I can work up to a day or two prior to surgery and would not have to deal with the added trip home and associated expense of it as they only offer bus trip home from the terminal they choose to have the truck returned and that ticket cost is deducted from your final check.

I’m afraid if I do this they may try and twist it as truck abandonment but also know if I’m on medical they can’t fire me. If I give notice on medical leave then they have notice as well as their truck

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I would tell them recovery is going to be longer than 14 days, and turn in the truck, and rent a car and drive home, if necessary.

My thinking is if they have to come get the truck, they are going to be ****ed. and it's never good to burn bridges.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Sorry, I originally read your post as you were going to take your truck home, then give notice. After re-reading it, I see you are turning it in, and giving notice while on medical leave.

C T.'s Comment
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Yo you're with maverick still right? I just left a month ago, had no issues at all. Best thing you can do is call your FM and explain the situation. They do offer 30 days of absence I believe but it's unpaid. Not sure where the closest terminal to you is, but you should drop it off there for sure. I had my wife pick me up and we drove home. Be sure to clean your truck out the best you can.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.
Kevin L.'s Comment
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Honestly, I think it is in my best interest to just see the surgeon and get it done. As I don’t want to lose medical coverage. I guess turning it in prior to surgery is an option if there is time between the consult and the surgery itself. I am uncertain if there will be. It is to the point where my primary dr told me if I have an attack lasting more than 15 mins go to ER immediately and it will be done.i want to earn as much as I can before I go. If they are going to reassign the truck after 14 days either way why would they be put off. Honestly they pay for you to get in the truck but if you decide to leave them it shouldn’t cost you hundreds of dollars and a significant amount of time to resign. They don’t even pay the ride home from returning their truck if they are taking it out of your pay. Maybe they can give me a deadhead order to their terminal and like you saidI should find my way home. Then just give notice just prior to completing recovery

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

C T.'s Comment
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Well as you said, they do pay for the bus ticket or will refund you the cost. You may want to get the procedure done while you're employed to help with cost. The COBRA coverage is a joke and ridiculously expensive. Even if you lose your truck, unless you got one of those nice brand new ones, they're all pretty much the same. Not sure where you're getting the hundreds of dollars from, only cost me about 60$ in gas to get home. They had me DH to the nearest terminal under a load to have it repowered. I cleaned it out, turned in my keys and badge and that was it.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Honestly they pay for you to get in the truck but if you decide to leave them it shouldn’t cost you hundreds of dollars and a significant amount of time to resign.

I may still be confused. Are you saying you planned to take their truck home and make them come get it? From the quote above, that is what it sounds like.

If you had a job in the next city over from you driving a bus, and you quit, would you take the bus home, and then tell them you quit, or would you drop it at the bus terminal , and call a cab or rent a car, or ride a bus home? Or, would you expect your employer to pay for a way for you to get home? This situation is no different. If you quit, you need to drop off their truck, and find your own way home, just like any other job, it isn't their responsibility to get you home. They don't owe you anything at that point. Why would you think any different?

If you drove a cab, would you take the cab home, then tell the company I quit, and they would have to come get their cab? What if you drove an armored car? Would you decide in the middle of the day to quit and take that home, money and all? If you worked in a factory and quit, would you expect a ride home?

If I were the company hiring you, and found out you made the previous company come get their truck, I would send you home immediately, assuming when you quit working for me you would do the same thing. And at that point, I wouldn't even give you the money for a bus ticket, and let you pay me back in your check. I would show you the door, and let you get home however you could.

Now, if I misread that, I apologize, but it appears you feel the company owes you a ride home.

To answer the insurance question, you should look through the HR paperwork you got when you were hired, or ask HR, how long before your insurance runs out. After it runs out, you can pay for it yourself for a few months, I believe. Google COBRA

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I am massively confused as to your plan, if I understand this correctly you plan on leaving for another company but want to have surgery while still covered by your current company's insurance but then not return? Seems kind of rude imo but I 100% agree with Grumpy why would they owe you a ride home? When I left West Side they had me take my load and truck to a terminal near me then I had my dad pick me up for the 1.5 hour drive home. I didnt think they owe me anything.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Kevin L.'s Comment
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Honestly I want to do the right thing which in my head is return the truck to them on my own. However knowing they will simply pick up the truck while in recovering from surgery as it is their policy would save me a few hundred dollars in travel expenses getting home from what ever terminal they say as the closest terminal is about 600 miles away.

Honestly, I wish they would have told us prior to hire if we leave the company our medical insurance expires at midnight last day of work.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Honestly I want to do the right thing which in my head is return the truck to them on my own. However knowing they will simply pick up the truck while in recovering from surgery as it is their policy would save me a few hundred dollars in travel expenses getting home from what ever terminal they say as the closest terminal is about 600 miles away.

Honestly, I wish they would have told us prior to hire if we leave the company our medical insurance expires at midnight last day of work.

You will most likely get an abandonedment added to your DAC. Is saving a few hundred $$$ worth ruining your career?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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