Common Misconceptions about Per Diem

Here are a few common misconceptions about Per Diem:

As long as I am away twelve hours I will receive per diem for that day, regardless of where I spend my off duty time.

  • While the twelve hour rule is important, staying away from your tax home for twelve hours, a more overarching rule is that per diem is only available for drivers that spend their off duty time in their sleeper.


For the days that I receive per diem my earnings will be increased by $63/day.

  • For the days that you receive per diem you will in fact receive $63/day but it will not be incrementally added to your mileage pay but will be subtracted from your mileage pay. Once that amount is subtracted from your mileage pay your taxes will be calculated and then the $63/day will be added back as a non-taxable reimbursement so the extra amount that you receive will be essentially the tax savings that you save.


Per diem will reduce my taxable W-2 income and will make it difficult for me to get a home or car loan.

  • Most bank are concerned primarily with your take home pay which will increase under the per diem program and we will provide a letter to your bank that will explain the program to them to assist you.


If I don’t participate in the per diem program I will just take that amount off on my year end tax return.

  • Historically, that was an option for those that did not want to participate could track their applicable days and show that as an unreimbursed employee expense. With the new tax program that was recently passed one of the eliminations was the abilty to take per diem as an unreimbursed employee expense and the only way to take advantage of per deim is to be involved in an employer sponsored program like we have.


SmartDollar is Giving Away $1000

SmartDollar, your company-provided financial wellness benefit, is giving away money throughout the month of September to help you build better money habits!

All you have to do is use SmartDollar during the month of September for your chance to win daily!

Entering the contest is easy. Simply log in to your SmartDollar account and earn a SmartDollar Point each day. SmartDollar Points are automatically tracked in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. That’s it. It’s that simple.

If you don’t have an account yet, it’s not too late.

Go to and create your account before August 29, 2017!

Because no contest is complete without prizes, here’s what you could win:

  • Every day from September 5 – September 30th, SmartDollar will be giving away a $25 gift card to a user who logged in and earned a SmartDollar Point that day.
  • Every day you log in and earn a SmartDollar Point, you’ll also get an entry for the grand prize of $1,000 to use toward your Baby Step. That’s up to 26 entries!

Check out the full contest rules here.


Nashville Sounds Baseball Event – August 19th

Big G and IKE Family ESOP Event

Nashville Sounds Baseball Game – Saturday August 19th

Gates open at 6pm and the game starts at 7pm. The buffet of your favorite ballpark foods will be set up from 6pm to 7:30pm

Your reserved tickets ( click here to verify the list of tickets reserved ) will be available for pick up at the Right Field Gate (under the Guitar Scoreboard) at a Big G and IKE will call table beginning at 6pm. If you have not reserved tickets as of 8/14/17 and would be interested in attending, please contact Jodi to get on a list for any extras that might come available – or 931-680-3243.

Our group will be sitting in the Hyundai Deck in left field. Your tickets will be verified at the Hyundai Deck and you will receive a wrist band to access the all you can eat food buffet. We will have hamburgers, pulled pork, hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, chips, cookies, water, and soda. Be sure to arrive in time to eat–the buffet will close at 7:30pm.

Directions and Parking

First Tennessee Park (home of the Nashville Sounds) is located at

19 Jr Gilliam Way, Nashville, TN 37219 Click here for directions

Parking is on your own and can vary in price from $10 – $20 and there are free parking spots available. Our contact with the Sounds suggested the State Parking Garage (fee associated) located on Harrison Street between 5th Avenue North and 4th Avenue North. Here is a link to more parking information .

ESOP Tshirts

Get your Big G or IKE ESOP Family Event Tshirt (even if you aren’t going to the game)!!

Big G Express shirts can be picked up at our 840 location from David Speer. IKE shirts are with Larry Holmes at the 880 Butler Drive location if you go by the office during office hours.

**One per employee

You can contact Jodi Lamb if you have any questions 931-680-3243.

Mandatory Benefits Open Enrollment! Starting August 1st


NEW THIS YEAR: Aflac representatives will be enrolling you in ALL of your benefit offerings for 2017-18. They will be reviewing ALL benefits and using an online platform designed specifically for BIG G/Ike and our employees. 


 They will be conducting MANDATORY enrollments at your location.

 Chuck Farmer (615-417-0611) and Ruth Farmer (615-417-5214) will be our main contacts.

They will be at the Ike Transportation location:

 Thursday August 17

Friday August 18

The Customer Focus Training – Introduction to Buddy Rice

IKE Transportation and Big G Express is most successful because of you, our people! Two years ago we started building a customer service training program with Buddy Rice called The Customer Focus. This program allows us to invest and help you grow in YOUR professional and personal lives and it is also consist of ways to take care of our internal customers (each other) and our external customers. Going forward we will be sending short videos that talk about key points in the program, the first one being an introduction to Buddy Rice and an overview of The Customer Focus.

Nashville Sounds Baseball Game Family Event – Reserve Your Seats!

IKE Transportation and Big G Express invite you and your family to celebrate Employee Ownership at the Nashville Sounds Baseball Game! We will have a table set up to give out tickets at will call. Your seats will be in a section with IKE and Big G employees and we will have a buffet with food and drinks available. Please reserve your tickets below! Call Jodi at 931-680-3243 if you have any questions.

Nashville Sounds Baseball Game Saturday August 19th at 7pm


Click here to reserve tickets for the Nashville Sounds Game


Last Chance to Schedule Your Individual Health Check Screening!

If you’ve missed our on-sites and still want to save on your insurance premiums- you have the option to have Hooper Homes come to your house.  You must schedule your in home appointment by July 16, 2017.

Online Health Assessments must be completed or no discounts will be applied.


Last chance to schedule your health screening and save money on your premiums!


  1. Call Hooper Holmes at 1-877-442-3935 Option 5 between now and July 16, 2017.
  2. Verify your contact information, address, and company with the Hooper Holmes representative to schedule your appointment.
  • If a representative is unavailable to schedule your screening appointment, please leave a message and a representative will contact you within 1-business days to schedule a time and date that works best for you.



Did you know that just by participating in this program you can save $624 on single coverage and $1,248 on family coverage on your annual health insurance premiums? All you have to do is do the health screening and complete a short Health Risk Assessment survey!

On top of that, if you participate, are nicotine free, AND achieve the health score outcome then you can save $1,248 on single coverage and $2,496 on family coverage for your annual health insurance premiums.


Please reach out to HealthCheck360° Support at or 1-866-511-0360.