CA in Second Phase of Reopening After COVID-19

As the spread of COVID-19 looks to be on a downward slope, states across the U.S. have begun to ease their social distancing restrictions, allowing people to head back outside, back to work, and back to doing some of their normal things, like eating at restaurants and retail shopping. California’s Second Phase But one of … Continue reading “CA in Second Phase of Reopening After COVID-19”

AB-5 Legislation Update

The state of California has asked a federal court to begin lifting the preliminary junction against imposing AB-5 on the state’s trucking industry. The requests to the Court of Appeals for the state’s 9th Circuit is part of the appeal of the attempt by the California Trucking Association (CTA) to be granted an injunction against … Continue reading “AB-5 Legislation Update”

COVID-19: Temporary Suspension of Motor Carrier IRP Requirements

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to create stress and disrupt our daily lives when it comes to fearing for our health and safety, lawmakers and industry leaders are also having to deal with the logistical and economic fallout that could happen as a result. From businesses closing down for two weeks to people staying indoors … Continue reading “COVID-19: Temporary Suspension of Motor Carrier IRP Requirements”

FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training Rule’s Compliance Date has Been Pushed Back to 2022

Last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made plans to schedule new entry-level driver training rules to be set for February 7th of this year. Now, that date has passed, the FMCSA is pushing the new rule until February 7, 2022, a whole two years after the original date. Behind the FMCSA Change … Continue reading “FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training Rule’s Compliance Date has Been Pushed Back to 2022”

Judge Blocks AB5 from California Trucking

For those working as independent contractors in California, a lot of news has been swirling around in regards to their worker classification with their clients. From graphic designers to business consultants, a lot of professionals have had to rethink the way they operate under the new AB5 regulation passed at the end of 2019. But … Continue reading “Judge Blocks AB5 from California Trucking”

The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is Now in Play: What to Know

Beginning Monday, January 6, the federal government has begun overseeing how fleets perform background checks on prospective employees and owner-operators within the trucking industry. Under the banner of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a database of drivers who have failed or refused a drug test at some point in their job search in the industry … Continue reading “The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is Now in Play: What to Know”

New Jersey Joins California in Targeting Owner-Operators

In recent months, news out of California has focused on new legislation around worker classification and how it’s poised to affect independent contractors, including owner-operators in the trucking industry — an industry that fuels the state’s economy. Truck drivers and trucking companies are scrambling to propose an alternative solution to the new AB 5 bill, … Continue reading “New Jersey Joins California in Targeting Owner-Operators”

California Trucking Association (CTA) Files Legal Complaint Against AB 5

In California, the state’s governor Gavin Newsom spearheaded a complete upheaval of the labor market. Through a slew of new bills passed this fall, California is redefining what it means to be a contract worker and a full-time employee, while simultaneously changing everything from how people get benefits and find the right kind of insurance. … Continue reading “California Trucking Association (CTA) Files Legal Complaint Against AB 5”

California Truckers Protested AB 5 Last Month

Earlier this year, the state of California set into motion a new piece of legislation aimed at redefining independent contractors, a rising professional landscape in a state where freight, trucking, and the gig economy are growing. Known as the “gig worker bill,” this puts truck drivers in a bad spot because under a new worker … Continue reading “California Truckers Protested AB 5 Last Month”

Federal Independent Contractor Model Up for Further Debate in Congress

With the air of the recently passed AB5 hanging over California like a smog, and with executives from ride-sharing tech giants Uber and Lyft failing to appear at a Congressional hearing over lax safety oversight, lawmakers are turning their focus to independent contractor classification in the country. Debates in Congress have been spurred on by … Continue reading “Federal Independent Contractor Model Up for Further Debate in Congress”