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Lawsuit Aims to Overturn California Ruling on Classifying Owner-Operators

The Western States Trucking Association has filed a suit in the United States Court for the Eastern District of California challenging the ruling by the California Supreme Court that is seen as effectively nulling the ability of trucking companies to use owner-operators in the state.

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Commentary: California’s new ‘ABCs’ Spell Bad News for Owner-Operator Fleets

A California Supreme Court decision has made it much tougher for trucking companies to use owner-operators in the state, some groups say it will effectively end the practice. Commentary by Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Trucking Group to Challenge California Supreme Court's Independent Contractor Ruling

The Western States Trucking Association plans to challenge a California Supreme Court ruling that it says will effectively end the use of trucking owner-operators in the state.

Bill Would Hold Retailers Liable for Trucking Company Labor Violations

California state Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced a bill that would hold major retailers liable when trucking companies break labor laws, sparked by allegations of misconduct by some port drayage companies.

Lawsuit Filed Against XPO Over Port Truck Driver Wages and Benefits

A lawsuit filed on behalf of three truck drivers against XPO Logistics Cartage in California alleges that they did not receive proper wages and benefits due to being classified as independent contractors instead of employees.

Seattle's Independent Port Drivers Get More Time to Buy Clean Trucks

The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma in Washington reached a compromise with independent truckers who threatened a walk-out over a program that would ban trucks that don’t meet 2007 emissions standards from the ports.

Los Angeles Sues 3 Port Companies for Driver Misclassification

The City of Los Angeles filed lawsuits against three port trucking companies, alleging that each avoided paying drivers proper wages and benefits by intentionally misclassifying hundreds of truckers as independent contractors.

Commentary: Is Your Lease-Purchase Program a Problem?

There are plenty of horror stories out there about owner-operator lease-purchase programs, and not just at the ports, explains Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her August editorial.

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.

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.