Independent Contractor

Government, Business

Department of Labor Proposes Withdrawal of Its Independent Contractor Rule

Driver behind the wheel Nes via Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed withdrawing a rule adopted in the waning days of the Trump administration that was generally perceived to be favorable to motor carriers’ use of independent contractors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 16, 2021
Government, Business

California Court Rejects Suit Challenging Independent Contractor Exemption

Dozens of AB 5 supporters rally at California's Capitol in Sacramento in August 2019. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press) Dozens of AB 5 supporters rally at California's Capitol in Sacramento in August 2019. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

The California Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit Feb. 3 that sought to overturn a ballot measure that makes app-based ride-hailing and delivery drivers independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections.

Brian Melley | Associated Press
February 4, 2021
Government, Business, Breaking News

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. Department of Labor on Jan. 6 issued a final rule revising its interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act that it said will “promote certainty for stakeholders, reduce litigation and encourage innovation in the economy.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 6, 2021
Government, Business

Labor Department Seeks to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Driver and tractor Mack Trucks

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a proposal to revise interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act to “promote certainty for stakeholders, reduce litigation and encourage innovation in the economy.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 30, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Uber Tweaks App in California to Comply With State Law

Uber An Uber office in Secaucus, N.J., in November 2019. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

Uber Technologies Inc. overhauled its ride-hailing app for California users, tweaking fares and features to respond to a new state law designed to reclassify drivers as employees.

Lizette Chapman | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2020
Government, Business

New Jersey Seeks $640M From Uber for Misclassifying Workers

Uber sign at the New York Stock Exchange The threat of classifying workers as employees is the single biggest worry among investors in companies such as Uber and Lyft. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-booking company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors.

November 14, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

California Trucking Association Challenges New State Labor Law

I-405 in Los Angeles I-405 in Los Angeles by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

The California Trucking Association has amended its 2018 independent contractor federal lawsuit to challenge a new state labor law that the association claims would prevent thousands of motor carriers from contracting with owner-operators.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 13, 2019
Government, Business

Truckers File First Suit Contesting California Gig Economy Law

trucks on Route 905 in San Diego Trucks on Interstate 905 in San Diego. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Trucking Association on Nov. 12 filed what appears to be the first lawsuit challenging a sweeping new labor law that seeks to give wage and benefit protections to workers in the so-called gig economy, including rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Don Thompson | Associated Press
November 13, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

New Jersey Steps Up Efforts to Identify Misclassified Workers

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (Associated Press/Seth Wenig)

The New Jersey Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor signed a joint agreement to step up efforts to protect employees, including truck drivers, from illegal misclassification as independent contractors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 20, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Perspective

Perspective: Putting Safety Above ‘Misclassification’

A recent effort in a state legislature illustrates how trial lawyers’ zeal to preserve rules that limit a carrier’s control over an independent owner-operator — specifically, as it relates to motor carrier deployment of safety technologies — threatens to impede progress in trucking safety.

Prasad Sharma | Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary
July 8, 2019

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