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Week in Review – Taxes, Transportation, and Goat Trails - April 24, 2015 #4

Taxes - The House Republican Omnibus Tax bill (HF848) was released on Monday. The $2 billion tax cut package includes $538 million to pay for a one-time income tax exemption and $450 million to begin phasing-out the...more

Massachusetts SJC Rules that Taxicab Drivers Are Independent Contractors Under the Wage Act

On April 21, 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held in Sebago, et al. v. Boston Cab Dispatch, Inc., et al., that taxicab companies may classify taxicab drivers as independent contractors. The plaintiffs in...more

Oil Field Employers Post-McMaster: Still Searching for Clarity on the TCA’s Impact on the Motor Carrier Act Exemption

In McMaster v. Eastern Armored Services, Inc., No. 14-1010 (March 11, 2015), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued one of the first federal appellate court opinions discussing the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 04/2015

The legislature returned from a week off and started putting together omnibus finance bills, which must be out of committees by April 24. With just over a month left in the session, the pace of activity will continue to...more

Could The SEC Ask Airlines To Produce Data On Delayed And Canceled Flights?

The following story is fiction.   It was imagined following the SEC’s recently settled action against KBR, Inc. Airlines were caught completely off guard yesterday by SEC letters asking that they produce five years of...more

Former Uber Driver Files Class Action for Data Security Breach

Uber Technologies Inc., the internet-based taxi service, was recently hit with a putative class action lawsuit over a data breach involving the personal information of about 50,000 current and former drivers. Uber develops,...more

NC Court of Appeals Finds Freight Broker Liable for Driver's Workers' Comp Claim

Motor freight brokers hold federal licenses that allow them to locate suitable transportation services for their shipper clients. Brokers never actually handle or transport the freight, but act as an intermediary to pair...more

Southwest Airlines Reaches Settlement in Whistleblower Lawsuit

A Southwest Airlines employee claims that he was retaliated against for uncovering and reporting two cracks while investigating the fuselage of a Boeing 737-700 during his regular maintenance checks. Now, Southwest has agreed...more

March 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This past month’s headline developments involve three major developments in the area of independent contractor (IC) misclassification. The first case involves a large department store that agreed to pay most of the costs of...more

Legislative Update

The following legislation has been introduced in the Maryland legislature. The chart is current through the morning of March 9. Status of several pieces of legislation receiving committee reports are indicated in caps. The...more

Supreme Court Expands Whistleblower Protections

The Supreme Court has been showing a tendency towards increasing whistleblower protections. The most recent installment of this trend was a recently decided case in which the Court granted whistleblower status to an Air...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

Today marks the end of the second deadline week at the Capitol. Non-finance bills which have not been heard in all required House and Senate policy committees by midnight tonight may not be acted upon. ...more

Fifth Circuit Rules Only a Seaman Can Commit Seaman’s Manslaughter

A recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court serves as a good reminder that criminal statutes say only what they say, and that it is up to the legislature to revise statutes to expand their scope...more

Pilot Program Will Allow Local Hiring Preference for Workers on Federal Transportation Projects

Federal transportation officials are contemplating new contract rules that would make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents to work on transportation projects. Federal rules currently prohibit the Federal...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Applies an Exception to the Motor Carrier Exemption

On March 11, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals became the first Circuit Court to apply the “covered employee” provision of the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (the “Corrections Act”) to the Motor Carrier...more

DOT Announces Pilot Program Permitting Local Hiring Preferences - FHWA-Funded Projects Require Prior Approval; FTA-Funded Projects...

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a pilot program that would permit state and local recipients of federal highway and federal transit funds to issue solicitations with "local hire" preferences. DOT also...more

Uber, Lyft Decisions Highlight Difficulty of Classifying Workers in the Modern Economy

“The test the California courts have developed over the 20th Century for classifying workers isn’t very helpful in addressing . . . 21st Century problem[s].” So concluded the court in Cotter v. Lyft, Inc., one of two...more

Uber, Lyft “Employee or Independent Contractor” Cases Provide Classification Lessons for All Employers

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As our “on-demand” society continues to develop and services are offered in ever new and more convenient ways, businesses must remain mindful of the traditional factors...more

Third Circuit Says Trucker Entitled to Overtime

Professional motor carriers generally are exempt from overtime payment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). ...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Notice to Publish an Updated List of Product Categories for Which Federal Prison Industries Have a Significant Market Share - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Notice...more

Supreme Court Update: Perez V. Mortgage Bankers ASS'n (13-1041), Dep't Of Transportation V. ASS'n Of American Railroads (13-1080)...

It's been a great week for admin-law junkies; maybe not so much for the D.C. Circuit, which suffered two unanimous reversals in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass'n (13-1041) and Dep't of Transportation v. Ass'n of American...more

Third Circuit Rules That Drivers Of Vehicles Weighing Less Than 10,000 Pounds Must Be Paid Overtime Under FLSA

In a new decision, the first on the subject by a federal appellate court, the Third Circuit has ruled in McMaster v. Eastern Armored Services Inc. that drivers who spend a portion of their work driving “covered” commercial...more

Federal Air Marshal Could Proceed With Whistleblower Lawsuit

Robert J. MacLean became a federal air marshal for the TSA in 2001. In that role, MacLean was assigned to protect passenger flights from potential hijackings. In July 2003, the Department of Homeland Security issued a...more

TAXI! Uber and Lyft Sued in Memphis

Adding to a growing number of lawsuits around the country, a Memphis taxi company has filed a class action against Uber and Lyft for unlawfully interfering with its business....more

InterConnect - Winter/Spring 2015

In this Issue: - Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Employers Must Walk a Narrow Path to Comply with DOT and EEOC Directives - New FDA Guidance for 3PLs on License Reporting Under the DSCSA - Moving Ahead in...more

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