An appeals court panel has reversed a lower court’s preliminary injunction protecting California’s trucking industry from the state’s onerous AB5 law – a law that many believe virtually eliminates the traditional trucking owner-operator model in the state.
April 28, 2021
One of the lawsuits challenging California’s controversial ABC test as it applies to the trucking industry, where it will widely disrupt the owner-operator model, suffered a setback in the California Court of Appeals.
November 19, 2020
Business and trucking interests are criticizing a union-backed labor bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Among other things, the bill would rewrite how independent contractors are defined along the same lines as the controversial new AB5 law in California, which would upend trucking’s longstanding use of owner-operators.
February 7, 2020
While one New Jersey bill that attempted to change the way the state determines who's an independent contractor did not make it through the recently ended special legislative session, the state’s governor has signed several other new laws that “create extreme risk for anyone utilizing independent contractors,” according to one labor attorney.
January 22, 2020
A U.S. Southern District Court on Jan. 16 granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting California state officials from enforcing a controversial new law against motor carriers that makes it virtually impossible to contract with owner-operators in the state.
January 16, 2020
Trucking companies using owner-operators in California can breathe a sigh of relief for now, as a judge has extended a temporary restraining order keeping officials from enforcing the onerous terms of its AB5 independent contractor law against motor carriers.
January 13, 2020
Another court decision, this time at the state level, has reinforced the trucking industry’s contention that California’s stringent new ABC test restricting independent contractor use is preempted by federal law.
January 9, 2020
Trucking got a temporary reprieve from California’s AB5, a controversial new law in effect Jan. 1 severely limiting the ability to use independent contractors.
January 1, 2020
As a controversial new law targeting the use of independent contractors goes into effect Jan. 1 in California, there’s still immense uncertainty about how it will be enforced and even how long it will remain law in its current form.
December 31, 2019
The Western States Trucking Association filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging a construction-trucking-specific provision of California’s already controversial Assembly Bill 5, which severely restricts the use of independent contractors in the state.
December 20, 2019
You run a trucking business that uses owner-operators in California. What are your options now that the state has passed legislation that may make it impossible to use independent contractors?
October 22, 2019
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 18 signed Assembly Bill 5 into law, a measure that trucking interests in the state say will wipe out the ability to use owner-operators.
September 18, 2019
California’s governor is expected to sign a new law that critics say would make it difficult, if not impossible, for trucking companies in the state to use independent contractor owner-operator truck drivers.
September 11, 2019
A federal judge has thrown out one of two trucking association lawsuits challenging the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision last year restricting the use of independent contractors by transportation companies in the state.
April 1, 2019
On March 18, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a case involving the alleged misclassification of California owner-operator drivers as independent contractors rather than employees – but it's far from the end of the battle over employee misclassification in the state.
March 26, 2019