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FedEx agrees to pay truck drivers $228 million in classification case

FedEx Ground announced last week it has reached an agreement to pay $228 million to settle a lawsuit brought by truck operators claiming the company has misclassified them as independent contractors, and not company employees, thereby denying them certain state-required benefits.

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Walmart could be forced to pay drivers $100M in back pay for non-driving hours

A federal court has ruled Walmart violated California law by not paying truck drivers at least minimum wage for all the time they worked.

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Livestock haulers get extension of 30-minute break exemption

The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has decided to renew the exemption from the 30-minute break provision in the hours-of-service regulations for livestock haulers.

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Latest ‘uber for trucking’ brokerage launches app

The Transfix brokerage's app offers a variety of free services in exchange for the opportunity to push load offers to drivers well-situated to cover them.

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Collision avoidance systems recommended by NTSB for all new vehicles

The National Transportation Safety Board released a report Monday recommending collision avoidance systems become standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles.

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Next generation of heavy-duty engine oil expected before 2017

The key PC-11 goals are to improve oxidation stability (basically, handle the hotter engine temps), reduce aeration, provide scuffing and adhesive wear protection and improve shear stability.

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Produce haulers looking for another reason not to go to California…

Look no further than recent "hot market maps" showing reefer load-to-truck from DAT ... And: rates were in positive territory last week -- Roadcheck effect, anyone?

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Fleet Focus: New pay packages for Watkins, Covenant, Super Service

Watkins Refrigerated rolled out a new pay package for company drivers. The base rate pay structure now includes a 16 percent increase in base mileage rate, increasing from 38 cents per mile to 44 cents, as well as an annual increase of 1 cent per mile through the first five years. Hazmat certification earns an additional 2 cents per mile. Company drivers also are receiving new 2016 Freightliner Cascadia tractors. Local drivers received an 11 percent ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Results: Perfecting the ‘hours of service wish list’

With the hours of service rule continuing to dominate the national trucking-safety conversation, readers weigh in with a top-five of hours of service wish list items, change ideas to improve safety.

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House passes bill that continues hours of service rollback

The DOT funding bill that would keep in place the hours-of-service restart rollback that came in December has cleared the U.S. House, passing by just six votes at nearly midnight on Tuesday.

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