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Setting the Course for 2018 and Beyond: The Unified Carrier Registration Fee Final Rule

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On January 5, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) published a Final Rule setting the fees for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement (“UCR”). The January 5, 2018 Final Rule (the “Final...more

New Jersey Commissioner of Labor Clarifies the Owner-Operator Exemption under the State's Unemployment Law

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On December 11, 2017, the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Aaron Fichtner (the “Commissioner”), ruled that the New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Law’s (NJUCL) exemption for...more

ELD Zero-Hour is Nearing, May Lay Traps for the Unwary

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Many outside of over-the-road motor carriers are taking notice of the looming Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD Mandate). We are seeing raised hands with many questions and some confusion at this very moment from a wide...more

Lyfting TNCs and On-Demand/Sharing Economy Companies Out of the Misclassification Abyss By Mandating Workplace Insurance in Driver...

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Unlike traditional motor carriers that transport cargo, many Transportation Networking Companies (TNCs), e.g., Uber and Lyft, and similar on-demand/sharing economy companies (On-Demand Companies), e.g., GrubHub (a food...more

InterConnect - Fall 2017

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Many outside of over-the-road motor carriers are taking notice of the looming Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD Mandate). We are seeing raised hands with many questions and some confusion at this very moment from a wide...more

Toll Road Ahead: Fourth Circuit Rules Mixed-Fleet Interstate Truck Drivers May Be Entitled To Overtime Pay

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Despite the overtime exemption provided by the Motor Carrier Act, interstate trucking employers who operate “mixed fleets” – those with vehicles both over and under 10,000 pounds – may owe overtime pay to drivers of the...more

New Avenue for Motor Carriers and Brokers to Remove Cases to Federal Court

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Earlier this year in Desiree Luccio and Reed Frerichs v. UPS Co., the Southern District of Florida brought good news for motor carriers and brokers. This case involved UPS’ intrastate transportation of frozen embryos. The...more

InterConnect Newsletter - Summer 2017

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The removal of CSA scores from public view may not eliminate the ability for an injured party to sue based on the negligent selection of a motor carrier, but it changes the analysis. The FMCSA still allows public access to...more

Harvey/Regional Declaration of Emergency under 49 CFR § 390.23 : Limited Applicability to Arkansas Carriers

An August 31st Arkansas Oil Marketers Association (“AOMA”) publication conveyed a communication from the Chief of the Arkansas Highway Police (“AHP”) which included an August 25th Regional Declaration of Emergency under 49...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 63 - Employee v. IC: Dual Role of Agent and Small Fleet Owner

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The ‘Agent Model’ is commonly used by motor carriers operating with independent contractors (“ICs”) to increase capacity in various markets. The model allows the motor carrier to align certain increased costs; e.g., sales,...more

Motor Carriers Get Small Reprieve in Electronic Logging Device Implementation

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Trucking companies will receive a small reprieve when it comes to implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) rule that takes effect on Dec. 18, 2017. The rule,...more

NAS Releases Its Compliance Safety Accountability System Report - Proposed Legislation May Further Impact the Use of the Program's...

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may overhaul how it evaluates the safety of the carriers it regulates following the release of a new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 62 - Arbitration Clauses in IC Agreements: The Winds Are Shifting

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Recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in a case of first impression (Oliveira v. Prime) further demonstrated the importance of choice of law provisions in Independent Contractor Service Agreements (“ICSAs”) as they...more

CSA Study Results Released

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On June 27, 2017, the National Academy of Sciences (“NAS”) released its highly anticipated report on the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (“CSA”) initiative as mandated by Congress in the Fixing America’s Surface...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 61 - Regardless of Status (Broker/Motor Carrier): Contract & Control Still Matter

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Courts continue to review the circumstances surrounding the degree of control exercised over transportation service providers. This has held true in several different segments of the transportation industry whether it is home...more

10th Circuit Finds Employee Who Only Worked in Colorado Falls Under State MCA Exemption

In a recent ruling, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s order granting summary judgment in which the district court held that an employee may be exempt from overtime under Colorado’s motor carrier...more

Transportation Developments in the Trump Administration's First 100 Days

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In January 2017, Holland & Knight Transportation & Infrastructure lawyers and senior advisors prepared 20 posts for the 20 days leading to President Donald Trump's inauguration regarding what to expect from the Trump...more

FMCSA to Withdraw Safety Fitness Determination Rule

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Wednesday, March 22, announced its intention to withdraw its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule this week. The rule would have utilized data from the agency's...more

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

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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

2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year In Review

2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year in Review - From case law interpreting one of, if not, the most employee-friendly independent contractor statute in the country to Beacon Hill’s efforts to pass non-competition...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

Is the Proposed Safety Fitness Determination Rule in Jeopardy?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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