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“Some Truckers Say the Darndest Things”

In a time where companies are getting better at documenting and keeping track of incidents, we are faced with a dilemma in the trucking field with these incident reports pinning the driver, and ultimately the company, to...more

New District of New Jersey Case Shows Importance of Requiring Drivers to Form Corporate Entities in Misclassification Cases

by Genova Burns LLC on

Late last month, District of New Jersey Judge Robert B. Kugler partially granted FedEx Ground Package Systems Inc. (“FedEx”)’s Motion to Dismiss in a trucking misclassification case. The court dismissed several claims but...more

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Driver’s ADA Challenge to Sleep Apnea Screening Program

by Benesch on

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court denied a driver’s Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) challenge to a carrier’s sleep apnea screening program in Parker v. Crete Carrier Corp., U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 16-2002. In...more

Motor Carriers Be Aware: The CVSA’s 30th Annual International Roadcheck is Coming to a Highway Near You on June 6-8, 2017

by Benesch on

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (“CVSA”) has announced that its 30th annual International Roadcheck will occur June 6-8, 2017. This year’s Roadcheck will place a particular emphasis on cargo securement safety....more

“The freezing trucker” and Gorsuch’s heart of ice: A micro-fiction

It was a bleak and frigid night on I-88 somewhere in northern Illinois. The icy wind whipped across the flatlands, grazing the endless rows of white, brittle remains of lastScreen Shot 2017-03-23 at 6.09.47 PM year’s corn...more

What Pretext? The Tenth Circuit Shows the Value in Trucking & Transportation Employers Citing to Safety and Customer Complaints to...

by Genova Burns LLC on

On March 10, 2017, the Tenth Circuit in Henson v. AmeriGas Propane, Inc., no.: 16-7057, declined to revive a discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuit in finding that the lower court was correct in its holding that that...more

Of Employees and Independent Contractors: The Ninth Circuit to Consider Where Truck Drivers Fall

by Genova Burns LLC on

On February 24, 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick in the district of Arizona stayed a proposed class action in Virginia Van Dusen et al v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc. et al, No.: 2:10-cv-00899, against Swift...more

EEOC Sues Company That Didn't Hire Veteran Over Use Of Service Dog

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against freight company CRST Expedited Inc. on behalf of a truck driver trainee who is a veteran. According to the Commission, the employer violated...more

EEOC Sues CRST for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Trucking Company Refused to Hire Veteran Because He Uses a Service Dog, Federal Agency Charges - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- CRST Expedited Inc., a national trucking company, violated federal law when it failed to accommodate,...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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German-backed initiative to help increase use of solar energy in industrial processes - The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry...more

Third Circuit Affirms Denial of Class Certification Because Expert’s Exclusion of Relevant Data From Analysis of Classwide...

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit affirmed an order denying class certification because the plaintiffs failed to provide sufficient evidence of classwide antitrust impact, and thus, could not satisfy Rule 23(b)(3)’s predominance requirement....more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 60 - Failing to Follow the Guidance from the "Recipe Book" May Be Very Costly: Part II

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Two years ago in Flash No. 451, we wrote about the trial court decision in the Indiana case of Celadon Trucking Services, Inc. v. Wilmoth, et al., highlighting the importance of close attention to the “ingredients” of...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

DOT To Add Synthetic Opioids To Its Drug Testing Panel

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Today the U.S. Department of Transportation published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register in which it proposes to amend its drug testing program regulation to add four synthetic opioids (hydrocodone,...more

Is the Proposed Safety Fitness Determination Rule in Jeopardy?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on Jan. 21, 2016, designed to enhance the agency's ability to identify non-compliant motor...more

Carriers Advocate for Data-Driven Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Freight carriers of all modes ­– rail, truck, water, air and pipeline – are all in the business of moving cargo for compensation and thus share many similar goals. Furthermore, cargo is often moved in multiple modes in its...more

Will Trump Administration Curb the Recent Targeting of Independent Contractors?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A critical but unresolved issue for the motor carrier industry is the continuing viability of the independent contractor truck driver model, which is under siege by state and federal regulatory agencies as well as private...more

NAFTA Discussions May Alter New Rule on Lease of Equipment by Mexican Carriers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

It is common knowledge that a major platform of President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign was the need to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. Thus, it leaves open the...more

Is There an Opening to Withdraw or Modify Electronic Logging Device Rule?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published its final electronic logging device (ELD) rule on Dec. 16, 2015, which the FMCSA claims, "is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and...more

Will the Trump Administration Hit the Brakes on the Speed Limiter Rule?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

One controversial rule proposal that many expect will not become final under the new Trump Administration is the Speed Limiter rule proposed by two agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 59 - Massachusetts "ABC" Test Court Decision: Fresh Application On Old Spin

by Benesch on

Over the last two years, the Benesch Transportation & Logistics Team has written in various installments of the FLASH about the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, §148B (the “Massachusetts...more

Massachusetts High Court Rules Prong Two of Independent Contractor Test is Severable for FAAAA Preemption Purposes

Massachusetts’s highest court recently issued a decision that impacts the ability of delivery companies operating in the commonwealth to use independent contractors in providing delivery services. In Chambers v. RDI...more

Massachusetts SJC Strikes a Blow to Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that the FAAAA preempts the second prong of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute as applied to certain delivery drivers. Although the...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Independent Contractor or “Employee, Inc.”?

by Murtha Cullina on

It is usually the case that when you contract for services with another company you have engaged it as an "independent contractor." And, as a result, its employees cannot claim that you owe them overtime pay....more

FMCSA Announces CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

In 2012, Congress directed the Department of Transportation to establish a national clearinghouse containing Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operators’ violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and...more

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