Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
February 16, 2021

BEWARE: Fraudulent Unemployment Claims


There has been a lot of discussion recently about the large number of fraudulent unemployment claims in the state.  The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has set up a Fraud Center, and has successfully stopped a number of cases.  However, more remain unnoticed.


Much of the attention has been on the EMPLOYEE side – warning employees to check their credit, alert CDOL if they receive debit cards or letters authorizing unemployment claims, examine mail sent to their addresses but under a different name and to watch out for identity theft. 


However, as an EMPLOYER you too have to be vigilant. Make sure you open all your mail and read the documents - especially during this time when  many support staff are still working from home and may not open mail on a daily basis.  CMCA is one of many companies who have received a letter from the State looking for confirmation of employee separation for someone who has never worked for us.  While there are many ways to respond to this letter and get the issue corrected, you MUST respond within a short period of time – in this case, the letter was received 2/10 and a response was needed by 2/16.  If you do not respond, notes are made to the file and the claim proceeds as uncontested.


Protect your company and your employees by helping to educate your staff on this issue of fraud.  More information can be found HERE.

Navigating the COVID-19 Vaccine


Courtesy ATA

The research, development, approval and distribution of several COVID-19 vaccines in record time represents the greatest turning point in our national effort to defeat the coronavirus pandemic. Twelve months into this costly struggle, which has claimed more than 465,000 U.S. lives and destroyed countless more livelihoods, we now hold the keys to decimate the virus’ rampant spread. Through widespread public vaccination, not only can we save lives – we can give our economy a powerful shot in the arm and accelerate our return to business as usual. 


As vaccines become more widely available in the coming weeks and months, employers will face important decisions on how best to protect their employees and establish a safe working environment for all. Below we examine current guidance from government agencies and other helpful resources in navigating the types of questions that are likely to arise.  


Can employers legally require their employees to receive the vaccine?
The short answer is yes – but with notable caveats.  Read More...
2021 Training Schedule
These classes and seminars will take place in-person pending any COVID changes in regulations.


Feb 25 - What to do at the Scene of an Accident (8am-Noon).

This Seminar Covers:  How to respond to the accident, how to help drivers through the requirements of statements, testing, and so forth.  Applicable for Safety Managers, and other personnel making decisions regarding safety policies in their company.


Arnold Wheat of Accident Reconstruction Services teaches this course and brings over 35 years of experience in the field of traffic accident investigation and reconstruction with a background in law enforcement.


This class is limited in availability and is only being taught once this year. Sign up now!
Coming Next Month:
Mar 2 - Drug/Alcohol Policies & Procedures (8am-Noon)
Mar 2 - Drug/Alcohol Reasonable Suspicion (1pm-4pm)
Legislative Committee Update
  • The General Assembly convenes today, and it is expected that over 300 bills will be introduced.
  • CMCA is working hard to advocate for the trucking industry, especially as bills related to transportation funding will be brought forward this session. Currently, the Legislative Committee is discussing several sources of funding for the state transportation funding needs.
  • The Legislative Committee meets every other Friday during the session. This committee is open to members. If interested, please email


Freight Sector Partnership Survey


In an effort to help address the shortage of truck drivers that has been an on-going problem for many years, a Freight Sector Industry Partnership has been formed which includes freight industry leaders, employers, training providers, non-profit agencies and other supporting partners to develop a centralized program unlike any before to educate, promote and recruit talent. On behalf of the Freight Industry Sector Partnership, please take a few minutes to answer this survey. The information from the survey will help us understand underlying problems, issues, and challenges facing the industry and work needed to affect change. Please complete the survey by February 19 Click Here to Start Survey.


2020-21 Safety Awards Nominations


The Safety Management Council of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association is pleased to provide Safety Award Nominations.  This is a great opportunity to recognize your company, drivers, and safety professionals for their dedication to highway safety.  Awards will be presented at the Safety Awards Banquet to be held in 2021.


All forms need to be returned to the Colorado Motor Carriers Association by March 5, 2021 to be eligible.


View More Info/Download Forms

Virtual public engagement begins for Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement Project 

Community invited to submit comments 


EAGLE & SUMMIT COUNTIES - The Interstate 70 Vail Pass Rest Area serves a growing number of motorists, commercial operators, recreationalists and local travelers. After years of heavy use, the Vail Pass Rest Area facility is inadequate and no longer meets the needs of its users.

To better serve customers, the Colorado Department of Transportation is in the design phase of the Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement Project. The purpose of the project is to increase restroom user capacity, update the existing drinking water treatment system, increase parking capacity for all users, improve traffic circulation, accessibility and safety. Improvements will include better connectivity with nearby popular recreation opportunities.

CDOT invites the public to view and submit feedback on the proposed alternatives and review process. Please see further below for background information and goals for the project.


WHAT: Virtual public engagement period gathering feedback and questions.
A PDF presentation of the proposed alternatives and review process of the Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement Project is available for viewing. Comments and questions can be submitted via survey. Additional options for submitting feedback are detailed below.

WHEN: Comments will be received until Saturday, February 20, 2021. 

Virtual public engagement page on the Vail Pass Replacement Rest Area website: (click here to view)

Due to current limitations on public events during the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), CDOT is providing virtual opportunities for public engagement. Information about this study is shared and updated on the Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement Project website (click here to view).


Still working from home?  Time to give your employees an ergonomics refresher


Half of Colorado companies have employees working from home at least half the time due to COVID-19. This remote work can be a pain in the neck — literally. Nearly a year into the pandemic, chiropractors nationwide have reported a surge in injuries related to telecommuting.


Many employees lack formal workstations in their homes. Too many hours spent working while lying on a bed or lounging in unsupportive chairs can lead to neck, back, wrist and shoulder pain. Even those with workstations may not have optimized them to avoid strains and pains.  Read More...

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