Independent Contractor Status in Question: What’s Happening with ‘Misclassification’ Efforts Nationwide

Posted by LocktonKC on March 11, 2014 under All Industries, Transportation | Be the First to Comment

March 11, 2014 | Jill Dunn | Overdrive | http://www.overdriveonline.com/ 

Trucking and labor nationwide are engaged in a debate over what determines independent contractor status, as lawmakers and courts consider whether owner-operators should be classified as employees.

In recent years, unions increasingly have backed lawsuits and legislation to force owner-operators to be classified as employees. As budgets tighten, lawmakers have become more receptive to proposals while attempting to replenish tax revenue.

Additionally, environmental and labor groups have promoted banning owner-operators at ports. They argue employee status is necessary for truckers to afford upgrades that meet stricter emissions standards that now exist in many ports. 

Please click here to continue to the article to look at some key IC status legislation or litigation around the country.

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