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
Government, Business

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

Supreme Court building Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

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

U.S. Supreme Court building Shutterstock

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