Independent contractor status in question: What’s happening with ‘misclassification’ efforts nationwide
Trucking and labor nationwide are engaged in a debate over what determines independent contractor status, as lawmakers and courts consider whether owner-operators should be classified as employees.
FMCSA will hear input from industry stakeholders and other public comment in the second and third listening sessions held March 28 and April 7 to aid the agency in its creation of the New Entrant testing rule mandated by MAP-21.
FMCSA's data collection process for its CSA program has shortcomings the agency needs to address, according to an audit, or the agency won't be able to "effectively implement" the program or address some of the major concerns of the trucking industry.
California's Air Resources Board this week officially unveiled some proposed changes to its Truck & Bus Rule emissions regulations, potentially allowing owner-operators and small fleets some additional routes to compliance.
Federal preemption does not prevent California's meal-and-rest regulations from applying to truck drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation told an appellate court this week.
U.S. House members have approved a measure that would extend hours-of-service exemptions for propane and home heating fuel haulers to May 31.
In light of severe cold temperatures impacting much of the country and some nationwide fuel distribution problems, FMCSA and some states have continued issuance of hours-of-service waivers for fuel haulers and, now, some other relief loads, like road salt, food and livestock.
Based on jurisdictional grounds, a U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. has transferred a case brought against the FMCSA and its inability to remove violations from a carrier or driver's safety record if the violation is dismissed in court or the carrier is found not guilty.
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