AB 5

Government, Business, Logistics

Truckers Protest AB 5 Law at Three California Ports

Trucks at the West Basin Container Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif. Trucks at the West Basin Container Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., in November of 2020. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

Truckers servicing the California port gateways of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland staged protests July 13 as state-level labor rules that change their employment status begin to go into effect, creating another potential choke point in stressed U.S. supply chains.

July 13, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

California’s AB 5 Goes Into Effect, Leaves Questions for Carriers, Owner-Operators

California Trucks on a San Diego highway. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a challenge to a controversial California law aimed at reclassifying owner-operators as motor carrier employees, carriers and independent contractors could soon be thrust into an uncertain business environment.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 7, 2022
Government, Business

Supreme Court Declines to Hear California AB 5 Contractor Law Appeal

Supreme Court Supreme Court building by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on June 30 it has declined to hear an appeal of a California state law aimed at reclassifying owner-operators as motor carrier employees.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 30, 2022
Government, Business

Gig Work Vote in Massachusetts Blocked by Court

A DoorDash Inc. delivery bag A DoorDash Inc. delivery bag. Uber, Lyft and DoorDash lost their bid for a ballot initiative in Massachusetts.

A Massachusetts ballot initiative bankrolled by Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc., and DoorDash Inc. to cement their workers’ status as independent contractors will not move forward, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled.

Erin Mulvaney | Bloomberg News
June 14, 2022
Government, Business

CTA Calls Request to Deny High Court Consideration of AB 5 'Head-Scratchingly Wrong'

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The California Trucking Association in a legal brief described as “head-scratchingly wrong” the U.S. solicitor general’s recommendation that the U.S. Supreme Court decline to hear an appeal of a state law aimed at reclassifying owner-operators as motor carrier employees.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 8, 2022
Government, Business

Solicitor General Recommends Against High Court Consideration of AB 5 Case

The U.S. Supreme Court The U.S. Supreme Court by Alex Brandon/Associated Press

The federal government’s representative before the U.S. Supreme Court is recommending that the high court deny review of the California Trucking Association’s legal challenge of a California law aimed at reclassifying owner-operators as carrier employees.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 24, 2022
Government, Business

Owner-Operator Model Analyzed at Legal Conference

U.S. Supreme Court U.S. Supreme Court building. (Getty Images)

For decades, the trucking industry’s use of independent owner-operators has been a delicate, but successful, dance between the business and personal needs of motor carriers and contractors. Now, the contractor model’s future is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 3, 2021
Government, Business

California Trucking Association Takes AB 5 Case to Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

The California Trucking Association is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state independent contractor law — known as AB 5 — that it argues should be exempt from enforcement for motor carriers based on federal pre-emption.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 10, 2021
Government, Business

California Trucking Association to Take AB 5 Case to Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.., on June 22. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

The California Trucking Association on June 21 learned that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not reconsider its earlier rejection of CTA’s challenge to a state independent contractor law. CTA plans to appeal its complaint to the nation’s highest court.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 22, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Carriers, Independent Contractors Oppose California AB 5 Contractor Law

Truck on highway A truck travels on I-15 in California. (Bim/Getty Images)

Trade organizations representing motor carriers and independent owner-operators alike say they strongly oppose a new California law that aims to reclassify large numbers of independent contractors as company employees, according to new documents filed in a recent appellate court challenge to the law.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 16, 2021

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