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 Passes Bill That May Affect Independent Contractor Status for Truckers

California has passed a bill to reclassify independent contractors, owner-operators working for motor carriers. Trucks in traffic on a Los Angeles-area road. (Jamie Rector/Bloomberg News)

California lawmakers have passed a bill that codifies into law a 2018 state Supreme Court decision that makes it easier for independent contractors to become reclassified as employees of motor carriers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 12, 2019
Technology, Safety

Improve Safety For Your Entire Fleet With Video Technology

Fleets using independent contractors (owner-operators) sometimes believe they must choose between deploying the safety technologies and minimizing the risks of employment classification challenges. In this webinar, we’ll discuss ways that some fleets have found to do both. Trucking and legal experts will explain how fleets with independent contractors can rethink their traditional views on technology based safety programs.

September 5, 2019
Government, Business

High Court Rules Independent Contractors May Bypass Arbitration, Challenge Fleets in Court

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In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 15 limited the ability under federal law for motor carriers to force disputes with owner-operators to be resolved in arbitration, a ruling that could cause an increase in future class-action lawsuits by truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 16, 2019
Government, Business

Supreme Court Case Could Block Motor Carriers From Using Arbitration for Contractor Disputes

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Legal observers said the outcome of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court could have major implications for the trucking industry.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 11, 2018
Government, Business

Idaho High Court Eases Owner-Operator Rules

Idaho’s Supreme Court unanimously reversed a previous ruling that had said that a truck owner-operator cannot be considered an independent contractor without having his own authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
February 24, 2014