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Appeals Court Rules AB5 Not Preempted

Appeals Court Rules AB5 Not Preempted

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

Labor Department Wants to Withdraw New Independent Contractor Definition
Biden Administration Withdraws Letter on Sleeper Berth Pay
Audit Finds Shortfalls in National Medical Examiner Registry

Audit Finds Shortfalls in National Medical Examiner Registry

The National Registry of Medical Examiners has been plagued with problems since its rollout in 2014, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has done a poor job of oversight, according to a review by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

January 15, 2021

FMCSA Proposes New Vision Program

FMCSA Proposes New Vision Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to eliminate its federal vision exemption waiver program and instead let medical professionals and motor carriers determine whether drivers with limited vision in one eye may drive commercial motor vehicles.

January 12, 2021

Final DOL Independent Contractor Rule Addresses Trucking

Final DOL Independent Contractor Rule Addresses Trucking

A final rule clarifying the definition of independent contractor published Jan. 7 by the Department of Labor covers several issues specific to trucking – but there are questions as to whether it will actually take effect under the incoming Biden administration.

January 7, 2021

Driver Charged with Killing Cyclists Declared Imminent Hazard
Truckers Not Among 'Essential Workers' in Next Vaccine Wave
Third-Party CDL Testing From Trainers OK, Says FMCSA
What Does MORE Act Mean for Truckers and Marijuana?

What Does MORE Act Mean for Truckers and Marijuana?

A bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level has passed the House – although it has virtually no chance of getting through the Republican-controlled Senate. The bill also would allow marijuana to remain on the list of disqualifying substances for safety-sensitive transportation workers such as truck drivers.

December 7, 2020

California Appeals Court Says ABC Test Not Pre-Empted by Federal Law
Could Prop 22 Help Solve the Worker Misclassification Problem?

Could Prop 22 Help Solve the Worker Misclassification Problem?

California voters approved Proposition 22, agreeing with the gig economy companies that the state’s strict ABC test set forth in last year’s controversial AB5 law should not apply to drivers such as those for Uber and Lyft. What does this mean for trucking?

November 4, 2020

Proposed Federal Rule Would Define Employee vs. Independent Contractor
Werner Launches Edge Technology Solution for Drivers

Werner Launches Edge Technology Solution for Drivers

Werner Enterprises has targeted the driver experience for the initial rollout of Werner Edge, an innovative technology solution featuring modern tablets and a more efficient, easy-to-use workflow.

May 7, 2020

FMCSA Wants to Clarify How States Will Use Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse