independent contractors

Appeals court overturns LA port’s employee rule

Court reversed the ruling that allowed the port’s requirement that only employee drivers regularly could work the port.

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A novel ‘hot load’ strategy

Next time somebody tells you they've got a "hot load" and you best to do everything and more in your power to get it there on-time, you may do well to point the speaker in the direction of a new story in the National Law Journal. In it, plaintiff's attorney Kent Emison goes to great lengths to detail the vast amounts of data available to legal teams working truck-accident cases. I spoke with the Langdon ...

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New state laws affect owner-operator status

Trucking supported changes affecting owner-operators and workers’ compensation are subject of laws in Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Maine.

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Prime Inc. increases pay per mile to independent contractors

Independent contractors in reefer and flatbed segments will have minimum pay set at $1.02 per mile starting June 1, said John Hancock, Prime Inc.’s recruiting director. The increase is available to all new and existing operators. The Springfield, Mo.-based carrier pays its contractors 72 percent of revenue. “With our freight network, we’re confident of our ability to pay 72 percent and still go no lower than $1.02 per mile plus the fuel surcharge,” Hancock said. He ...

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Class-action suit ruling favors FedEx Ground

The federal judge ruled mostly in favor of the company in its stand that its drivers are contractors.

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Carrier describes driver screening tool usage

The PSP report can help a carrier better identify an otherwise great driver’s problem areas and to focus initial training in particular areas.

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Misclassification stakes high

A long erosion of the traditional owner-operator model has taken place.

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FedEx Ground settles suit

FedEx Ground will pay $3 million to Massachusetts to settle claims the company misclassified drivers as independent contractors.

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SpeakOut

Truckers weigh in on dodging tax liabilities, the oil spill and retread tires.

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Congress eyes employee misclassification

U.S. and state officials have investigated misclassification in recent years, with industries such as trucking and construction drawing more scrutiny.

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