Independent Contractors

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June 19, 2017

Port Strike Highlights Pay, Emissions Regulation Struggles

Southern California truck drivers and warehouse workers who serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach once again went on strike on June 19, protesting poor wages and labor practices.

June 7, 2017

DOL Withdraws Controversial Obama-Era Independent Contractor Guidance

Trucking companies that use independent contractors could be breathing a sigh of relief after the Department of Labor Wednesday withdrew an Obama-era guidance that some viewed as an attack on the owner-operator model used in trucking.

May 24, 2017

Federal Court Rules Against XPO in Driver Misclassification Case

A federal district court judge has issued a judgment in favor of five port and rail truck drivers against XPO Cartage in a driver misclassification lawsuit, awarding the drivers nearly $1 million in reimbursement and legal fees.

February 7, 2017

Will Driver Misclassification Issues Ease Under Trump Administration?

What will happen to the battle over the alleged "misclassification" of owner-operator truck drivers under our new Republican administration? Deborah Lockridge has some insight in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

January 11, 2017

Court Finds Swift Contract Workers Were Employees

An Arizona court has ruled that independent-contractor drivers were effectively and legally employees in the latest update of a class-action lawsuit against Swift Transportation.

October 13, 2016

USA Truck Boosts Pay for Independent Contractors

USA Truck is increased pay for independent contractors as part of the carrier’s Independent Contractor Compensation program.

August 11, 2016

Flowers Foods Facing Employee Misclassification Problems

The Department of Labor may be getting involved in an employee “misclassification” situation involving delivery drivers at Flowers Foods, the Georgia-based company that owns Wonder Bread, Nature’s Own, Tastykake and other brands.

August 9, 2016

Blue Bloodhound Gives Carriers Quick Access to Independent Drivers

Blue Bloodhound, an online marketplace connecting qualified truck drivers with motor carriers, has successfully enrolled more than 20,000 independent CDL truck drivers and owner-operators looking for additional work in the U.S.

July 15, 2016

Port Drivers Reach $5 Million Settlement in Misclassification Suit

A class-action lawsuit representing nearly 400 Southern California port truck drivers has resulted in a $5 million settlement agreement with port trucking company group QTS, ending the three-year-long suit.

May 9, 2016

Program Grants Amnesty to California Carriers That Misclassify Drivers

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office is accepting applications for an amnesty program that will allow carriers to reclassify drivers as employees and avoid liability for misclassifying them as independent contractors.

April 26, 2016

Port Trucking Company Ordered to Court Over Unfair Labor Practices

In what's being called a historic case, the Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board is looking into whether port trucking company Intermodal Bridge Transport engaged in unfair labor practices toward its drivers by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

March 18, 2016

Lawsuits Push Port Trucking Company Into Bankruptcy

Premium Transportation Services, also known as Total Transportation Services, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing its financial troubles related to driver misclassification lawsuits and legal costs.

February 18, 2016

Blue Bloodhound App Available on iOS

The Blue Bloodhound app is designed to connect truck drivers with available jobs from carriers and is now available for Apple’s mobile devices on the App Store.

February 8, 2016

Misclassification Battle Continues at Ports

Every few months, it seems, we report on a strike or protest at the ports about the alleged practice of "misclassifying" drivers as owner-operators rather than employees. Deborah Lockridge has the latest update on this issue in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

December 23, 2015

Port Drivers Awarded $6.9 Million in Back Pay

The California Labor Commissioner’s office has awarded 38 truck drivers $6.9 million in back pay after ruling that the drivers had been improperly classified as independent contractors.

November 2, 2015

Port Strike Ends in California

After five days of picketing, the most recent job action by port truckers has come to an end at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

November 1, 2015

The Latest Threat to the Owner-Operator Model

New guidance from the Department of Labor issued in July could pose a threat to the trucking industry's use of owner-operator drivers as independent contractors, with the American Trucking Associations calling it "an aggressive departure from prevailing classification standards."

October 28, 2015

Port Drivers Strike Again Over Misclassification Issue

This week, truck drivers went on strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over employee misclassification and wage theft.

September 29, 2015

Amazon Flex Program is Like Uber for Last-Mile Delivery

Amazon has unveiled what some are calling Uber for last-mile delivery, after the fast-growing service that replaces traditional taxis with an app that links riders and drivers.

August 13, 2015

Reassessing the Independent Contractor

Truck driver classification should be weighed in light of current waged hour laws, safety regulations and the Affordable Care Act

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