Independent Contractor

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
Government, Business

California Legislation to Codify ABC Employee-Contractor Test Gains Approval of State Assembly

Trucks on highway Trucks on California highway by City of Industry

Legislation has passed in California’s State Assembly that would mandate use of the so-called “ABC test” that legal experts say makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for motor carriers to use independent contractors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 5, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Truck Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors? It Matters for Workers’ Comp

Driver climbs out of back of truck A trucker enters a trailer, one of the risks drivers take often. (Risk Administration Services via YouTube)

Whether truck drivers are classified as employees or independent contractors is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge for many motor carriers when it comes to workers’ compensation and other insurance coverages, industry experts said.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
May 8, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Motor Carriers Group Challenges California Law That Defines Independent Contractors

Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge Traffic sits on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Ayolt de Roos/flickr)

In a federal lawsuit filed July 19, the Western States Trucking Association alleges that the California Supreme Court’s new “ABC test” requirement for deciding if a contractor should be an employee “forces virtually all independent contractors to become employees to those they choose to contract or work with.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 26, 2018

Court Upholds Independent Contractor Status in Massachusetts Case

The Customized Logistics and Delivery Association

A federal court ruled that Massachusetts courier drivers are independent contractors, turning away a bid by the state to classify the workers as employees.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
July 9, 2015