Trucking and DOL’s independent contractor rule

Trucking and DOL’s independent contractor rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Jan. 6 announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Absent additional legislative or regulatory action under the incoming Biden administration, the rule, which includes a specific example regarding safety requirements in the trucking industry, will become effective on March 8. Biden is, however, expected to nullify the rule. 

According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the final rule provides certain policy benefits to motor carriers and owner-operators. It “provides working Americans the freedom to pick the occupation and flexibility they desire and gives businesses clarity on the characteristics of a bona fide independent contractor so they can more easily comply and avoid litigation,” ATA noted. “Many Americans choose the independent contractor model — including hundreds of thousands of owner-operators in trucking — because of the opportunity it provides and empowerment to choose the conditions (e.g., hours and routes) that suit their lifestyle.”

 

Read more here: https://www.trucker.com/drivers/article/21151908/trucking-and-dols-independent-contractor-rule

Posted Date : January 11 2021