Arkansas Trucking Association

2020 AFC First Quarter Meeting

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Name: 2020 AFC First Quarter Meeting
Date: March 11, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
Attend the first quarter meeting of the Accounting & Finance Council at The Victory Building, 1401 West Capitol Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 on Wednesday, March 11 when we will discuss insurance in today's challenging market.
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Session 1: Rethinking Insurance: Captive Alternatives
Presented by Duke Niedringhaus, Senior Vice President  
Marsh & McLennan Agency 
(CPE Specialized Knowledge - 1 credit)  
Many transportation companies have escaped volatility in today's insurance market by utilizing a Casualty Group Captive. Learn how ownership in a captive offers control and compelling advantages.

Duke Niedringhaus is a senior vice president with Marsh & McLennan Agency -  St Louis and current vice chair of MMA’s national group captive center of excellence. Previously served as board member and Work Comp Chairman for the Self Insurance Institute of America (SIIA).  Niedringhaus volunteers as a driving instructor for the BMW Street Survival teen driving program and a national expert on managing teen driving risks.

Session 2: Transportation Industry Market Trends
Presented by Clay Sanders, Sales Executive 
Cottingham & Butler 
(CPE Specialized Knowledge - 1 credit) 
During this presentation we will review the current transportation insurance market trends and discuss ideas on how you can best position your fleet in today's challenging market. We will look back at the recent history and how we have gotten to where are today, the results from 2018, and the outlook for the next 3-5 years.  

Clay Sanders, sales executive with Cottingham & Butler’s Transportation Group, has been focusing exclusively on serving the insurance needs of trucking companies since 2014. A graduate of University of Central Arkansas, Sanders has received his certified insurance counselor designation from the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, and was named the 2016 Young Insurance Professional of the Year by the Professional Insurance Agents of Arkansas.
Session 3: Legal Lowdown: Nuclear Verdicts & Labor Law Updates 
Presented by Regina Young & Greg Jones, Partners  
Wright, Lindsey & Jennings 
(CPE Business Law - 1.5 credit)  
Regina Young will provide an overview of California's controversial gig worker law, AB-5, which adopted a so-called "ABC test" for determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contract for purposes of Wage Order No. 9 and the current status of the California Trucking Association's lawsuit challenging the new law.  Discussion will also include the Fair Labor Standards Act and Arkansas Minimum Wage Act's non-coverage of independent contractors and Arkansas courts' application of the economic realities test in cases involving truck and delivery drivers.

Regina Young has practiced law since 1996, serving as a law clerk to Circuit Judge John B. Plegge and Circuit Judge Barry Sims from 1997 to 2002, and engaging in an active trial practice since joining Wright Lindsey Jennings in 2002. Young’s practice centers on litigation, and trial work, including employment law defense, property title defense, personal injury defense, insurance defense (including products liability, premises liability, professional liability, and bad faith as well as coverage disputes), representation of corporate clients (in cases involving products liability, mass tort, and pharmaceutical liability defense), and commercial litigation (including contract matters and nonconsumer collections).

Young also defends employers against EEOC charges and defends employers in federal and state court litigation and appeals, including claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, 42 U.S.C. Sections 1981 and 1983 and state law claims involving trade secrets, non-compete agreements, arbitration agreements, wrongful discharge, the Arkansas Civil Rights Act and the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act.
Greg Jones will provide a general overview and common threads of nuclear verdicts in the trucking arena and identify common conditions that characterize run-away verdicts. His presentation will also include effective steps and strategies for minimizing risk of excessive verdicts and insights on when to settle and when to try a potentially dangerous trucking casualty case. 

During his career, Greg Jones has handled significant high-stakes litigation in a wide variety of areas including trucking accident cases, cargo loss claims, civil rights and employment, constitutional law and commercial disputes. He has taught trial and litigation skills as an Adjunct Professor at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law and has been an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association, holding various positions including Chair of the Young Lawyers' Section.

In 2013, he was appointed to serve as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Jones currently serves as outside General Counsel for the Arkansas Trucking Association. He has held civic positions as Chairman of the Board for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County, Commissioner for the Little Rock Sustainability Commission and Director of the Pulaski County Bar Association. He holds an A.V. ® Preeminent peer-review rating through Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubble and has been listed as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in the area of Civil Litigation Defense every year since 2006.

Participants will earn 3.5 CPE credits.  
In order to be awarded the full credit hours, you must be present, register your attendance and departure on provided attendance sheets at registration desk.  

•Review current insurance trends
•Receive an overview of captive alternatives in the insurance market
•Discuss best practices for protecting your fleet
•Discuss the insurance outlook for the next 3-5 years
•Review California’s recent AB-5 law regarding independent contractors and the California Trucking Association’s lawsuit challenging this decision
•Discuss Fair Labor Standards Act and Arkansas’ Minimum Wage Act’s non coverage of independent contractors
•Overview of common threads of nuclear insurance verdicts in the industry
•Identify strategies for minimizing risks to avoid nuclear verdicts
•Discuss knowing when to settle and when to try potentially dangerous casualty cases

Fields of Study:
Specialized Knowledge, Business Law  
Prerequisites: No prerequisites required
Advanced Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic 
Delivery Method: Group Live 
Arkansas Trucking Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: 
The Victory Building
1401 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, March 11
10 am - 2 pm
Contact Information:
Katie Thomason
In order to provide proper accommodations, we must guarantee a headcount in advance.
  • For ATA members who submit their meeting registration by the deadline and attend the meeting, there is no fee.
  • ATA members who attend without registering or register but do not attend will be charged $25.
  • Out of courtesy, if you decide to attend after the registration deadline, please contact the ATA office.
  • ATA welcomes guests and non-members to Council meetings for $50
Refunds and Cancellations:
Deadline to register is Monday, March 9. For more information regarding administrative policies such as refunds and/or complaints, please contact our office at 501-372-3462

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Arkansas Trucking Association
PO Box 3476 (72203)
1401 West Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 372-3462 | Phone
(501) 376-1810 | Fax

Our Mission

  • PROTECT the collective interests of trucking companies in the political and regulatory arenas.
  • PROMOTE the dynamics of trucking so that people have a better understanding of the link between America's primary freight delivery system and the standard of living they enjoy.
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