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USA Truck initiates hometime choice program for OTR drivers


Thursday, August 13, 2015
Under the "Choose Your Hometime" program, drivers may choose to take their hometime at any time or location within the company’s approved network. (Courtesy: USA TRUCK)
Under the "Choose Your Hometime" program, drivers may choose to take their hometime at any time or location within the company’s approved network. (Courtesy: USA TRUCK)

VAN BUREN, Ark. — USA Truck has empowered its company over-the-road driving team members with the ability to select when and where they take time off.

“Choose Your Hometime” is a program geared toward providing USA Truck’s driving team members with an enhanced work/life balance and flexible scheduling, including a weekly hometime option, according to Russell Overla, executive vice president, truckload operations.

Under the new policy, drivers may choose to take their hometime at any time or location within the company’s approved network, arranging the details with their driver managers, Overla said in a company news release.

As a family-oriented company, Overla said USA Truck understands there are times when it’s especially important to be home.

“Choose Your Hometime” gives members of USA Truck’s professional driving fleet the freedom to decide how much or how little they want to run.

“We continually evaluate feedback from our driving fleet, as well as from prospective and former team members, and hometime is a recurring topic,” Overla said. “There has never been more competition for qualified professional drivers, so we believe it’s important to listen and adapt whenever possible. Drivers understandably want choices in how they manage their schedules. This gives them those choices. Our ‘Choose Your Hometime’ initiative is just one more enhancement that signifies us as a career destination.”

“Choose Your Hometime,” which went into effect last week, will give TL drivers the option to go home on a weekly basis to fulfill their mandated 34-hour restart, Overla told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and, he said, they'll also have the option to spend downtime anywhere within USA Truck's network.

Overla used a driver who lives in Atlanta but has family in Chicago as an example.

“They'll be able to take home time the next weekend in Chicago if they would like,” Overla said, according to the article.

In addition, drivers who choose to remain on the road for several weeks at a time will be able to bank home days to use at a later date without any limits.

Previously, USA Truck's drivers were permitted to bank only up to five home days. But Overla said the company decided that wasn't fair to those who were willing to stay on the road for six, seven or eight weeks at a time, so the policy was amended.

"This really gives them flexibility on where they take their home time and who they take their home time with," Overla told the Democrat-Gazette. "There's weekly home time. There's biweekly home time. You can stay out three weeks and go home for three days. Or you can stay out four weeks and go home for four days. Or they can go out for 10 weeks and then go home for 10 days.

“It's really one day for every week after if they're not taking the weekly home time.”

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