There have long been allegations of employee misclassification in the trucking industry, especially among companies that abuse the lease-purchase contractor model. But aside from those examples, there is ample case law around the country suggesting any subcontractor performing work that is ostensibly the same as the contracting entity must be declared an employee. That calls into question this industry's relationships with its owner-operators. In this episode, Jim Park talks about the potential impact of AB-5 and other efforts to end employee misclassification with HDT editor-in-chief, Deborah Lockridge. They are joined by Julie Gutman Dickinson, California local counsel to the Teamsters Union Port Division, Fred Potter, President of Teamsters Union Local No. 469 in Hazlet, New Jersey, and an International Vice-President At-Large for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and Joe Rajkovacz, director of government affairs and communications for the Western States Trucking Association.
Jeff Kauffman, an HDT columnist and managing director for Loop Capital Markets and head of Tahoe Ventures joins the podcast to discuss aspects of the economy that affect trucking directly and attempt to make sense of the latest economic forecasts.
HDT speaks with Rick Mihelic, the director of future technologies at the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), about the necessary resources to power electric trucks, and how they create sweeping change to what we currently know about buying, selling, operating, and maintaining trucks.
Richard Bishop of Bishop Consulting joins HDT Talks Trucking as an automated vehicles industry analyst to discuss topics, including how will regulators make rules regarding self-driving trucks? Are they a solution to the driver shortage?
HDT editor-in-chief, Deborah Lockridge, discusses the annual Emerging Leaders awards and talks to three of the past honorees about their views on trends and issues facing trucking, including what fleets and the industry can do to recruit and encourage young leaders like themselves.
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