independent contractors

Setting the pace with owner-operator Henry Albert

Sunday's post on Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year Henry Albert's blog caught my eye with what it says about thinking outside the box to ensure success in running an independent business. In the post, Albert visits an old haunt of his, Charlotte's Metrolina speedway (the old grandstands here pictured by Albert), shuttered long since the days he wheeled a stock car around its oval. "I learned so much from those race days," he wrote ...

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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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