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The latest expose by USA Today examines the horrendous safety record of the port trucking industry. Entitled, "Asleep at the wheel: Companies risk lives by putting sleep-deprived port truckers on the road," it documents how port trucking companies coerce their drivers into working far beyond safe driving limits, causing dangerous crashes and threatening many lives. Given the frightening stories described…

With the LA City Attorney suing three major port trucking subsidiaries of NFI Industries over their business model classifying drivers as independent contractors, NFI may be having second thoughts on its recent acquisition of the California Cartage Companies. Together the three companies - California Cartage Express, CMI and K&R Transportation - have approximately 600 drivers, combining to make the largest employer of…

While several trucking companies have come into compliance with labor laws in order to avoid the crushing financial weight of misclassification liability, many others have pursued shell games in an attempt to hide assets to avoid paying anything owed to their drivers, as we reported in a previous blog post.  The latest twist in the battle over port driver classification was exposed by…

Latest decisions by California Labor Commissioner reminds industry of risks in asset-light model Some industry stakeholders were wondering whether port drivers were still filing wage and hour claims challenging their independent contractor status.  The latest Orders, Decisions, and Awards (ODA's) issued by the Labor Commissioner’s Long Beach office on Friday, April 14, 2017, put that question to rest and was…

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