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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.

Labor Department Analysis Questions Driver Shortage

The American Trucking Associations has long said there’s a severe driver shortage, driven by factors such as demographic changes and an overall tight work force. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association contends there’s really not a shortage – just a shortage of pay and an abundance of poor treatment. Now an article published by the U.S. Department of Labor has provided new fuel for debate.

ATA Applauds DOL Employment Insurance Proposal

A Department of Labor proposed rule that would “expand the opportunity” to offer employment-based health insurance to small businesses through Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans, is being lauded by the American Trucking Associations.

Trump Administration Supports Apprenticeship Program Expansion

ORLANDO – The Trump administration will make it easier for groups such as the American Trucking Associations and the trucking industry to put in place apprentice programs to cross the job skills gap and help address driver and technician shortages, said U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta at ATA’s annual meeting.