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DOT Creates CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, Imposing Employer Reporting and Query Obligations

On December 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a final rule establishing a new “Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.” The Clearinghouse will provide a central database identifying...more

FRA/OSHA Safety Advisory – Identification and Mitigation of Hazards Through Job Safety Briefings and Hazard Recognition Strategies

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Federal Railroad Administration’s new Safety Advisory seeks to cover activities that fall outside the scope of FRA safety regulations, but within the purview of the OSHA regulations. The Federal...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 58 - Contract, Conduct, And Common Sense Can Save You Money

You have undoubtedly heard countless times that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Preventive health care is a big deal. Search Google for preventive medicine and it will return approximately 22.4 million results in...more

Was Negligence the Cause of the Fatal Hoboken Train Crash?

Tragedy recently struck the New Jersey Transit’s Hoboken Terminal when a speeding train crashed through several safety barriers before ultimately smashing into the passenger depot. One person was killed and over 100 were...more

What A Trump Card Means In The Game of Construction and Development

Like many of you, I stayed up late on Tuesday night / Wednesday morning to watch the 2016 election returns. I dragged myself into the office after only a few hours of sleep and my phone was immediately ringing. Some clients....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome 2016 Maine Election Edition - It’s been a very busy and active campaign season in Maine, with candidates for federal offices and all Maine legislative seats, plus six ballot questions. We thought it timely...more

October 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Our update for this past month is noteworthy for the fact that we report below on IC misclassification lawsuits plaguing some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the U.S. (like Uber, Amazon, and FedEx) as well...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. UPCOMING REFERENDUM QUESTIONS – This week, we report on Maine ballot Question 5 regarding...more

Uber and the Gig Economy – is the law keeping up?

After a Preliminary Hearing spanning seven days (including reading the five volume bundle and time for deliberation), an Employment Tribunal has handed down its much anticipated ruling that Uber drivers are workers rather...more

Amazon and DHL Air Transport Supplier, ABX Air, Seeks TRO against Potential Pilot Strikes

A subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc., ABX Air, is seeking a temporary restraining order to halt pilot strikes on November 1 and 2, citing the potential for “crucial flight failures within days.” ABX Air filed...more

UK Employment Tribunal Decides That Uber Drivers Are Not Self-Employed Contractors

In a decision that may have implications for other companies in the “gig economy,” an employment tribunal in the United Kingdom has ruled that drivers who provide services to Uber, a ride-sharing service, are not...more

Lyft Obtains Dismissal Of FCRA Class Action

Lyft, the ride-sharing service, recently obtained dismissal of a putative class alleging that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) when obtaining background checks on its drivers. See Nokchan v. Lyft, Inc., No....more

ADA Allows Sleep Apnea Test for Obese Driver

Almost since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, motor carriers and drivers have clashed over the carriers’ ability to exclude drivers from service based on health issues. Many of these controversies have...more

Self-Inflicted IC Misclassification Wounds: How Did FedEx Bludgeon Itself Into Pay Nearing $500 Million to Settle Claims That It...

FedEx’s costs due to IC misclassification are approaching $500 million over the past year as a result of its inability to draft in a valid manner its IC agreement and internal policies governing Ground Division drivers. Last...more

New Background Check Requirements for California Transportation Network Companies

Effective January 1, 2017, drivers participating with a Transportation Network Company (TNC) in California will be subject to mandatory criminal background checks, regardless of whether a driver is considered an employee or...more

Asleep at the Wheel: Trucking Company’s Sleep Apnea Policy and Procedures Reviewed by Federal Courts

Seyfarth Synopsis: Recently decided court case finds that motor vehicle carriers may lawfully require overweight drivers to submit to a medical examination testing for obstructive sleep apnea. We had previously blogged...more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Trucking Company's Sleep Study Requirement Based on Driver BMI

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit found in favor of a large transportation employer’s driver sleep study testing requirement in a lawsuit challenging the practice under the Americans with...more

Uber and IC Misclassification in New York: The Other Shoe May Be Dropping

The New York Times today reported that the New York State Department of Labor has found two Uber drivers as eligible for unemployment benefits after having rejected the company’s argument that the drivers are independent...more

Restoring Decades-Old Precedent, the DOL Blows the Whistle on Fordham's "Fundamental Error"

On Friday, September 30, 2016, U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Administrative Review Board (ARB) issued its highly anticipated decision in Palmer v. Illinois Central Railroad Company, ARB No. 16-035 (2016), correcting its...more

Trucking Company Owner Personally Liable for Whistleblower Retaliation Claim

Recent amendments to the Surface Transportation Act include a new cause of action for employees of companies engaged in interstate transportation who allege that they were fired or had other adverse action taken against them...more

A look ahead to the 2017 Legislative Session

With five weeks left before the November 8 election, the state’s federal candidates and candidates for the 187 seats in the Connecticut General Assembly are courting voters during what has turned out to be a contentious...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers in California: be aware and prepare for new laws increasing minimum wages and mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees; expanding the California Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and to...more

NLRB Releases Advice Memorandum Affirming Misclassification Constitutes Unfair Labor Practice

At the end August, the National Labor Relations Board released an advice memorandum, originally drafted in December 2015, concluding that a group of drivers who worked for a drayage company called Pacific 9 Transportation...more

Can Employees Commute Tax-Free on Uber or Lyft?

Uber, Lyft, and their competitors, offering handy apps, responsive drivers and competitive prices, are fast becoming a favored commuter option. Many employers either subsidize employee commuter expenses or allow employees to...more

Uber Victory in Ninth Circuit Regarding Dispute Over Enforceability of Arbitration

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) recently ruled that the majority of Uber’s contract drivers must resolve their disputes through individual arbitration and cannot pursue their...more

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