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The Los Angeles City Council is preparing to demand the Port of Los Angeles and other City agencies investigate and report on actions to fix labor problems in the drayage and warehouse industries on port property. At a Special Meeting of the Trade, Travel, and Tourism Committee on November 28, 2017, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Joe Buscaino (CD 15) and Mike…

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…

Safety is consistently a top priority for innovative port logistics companies, while name brand retailers generally shy away from logistics providers with poor safety records because of potential negative impacts on supply chain performance. Industry leaders agree, basic, professional safety standards are a perquisite to operating in the supply chains of global retailers, due to the direct and indirect cost…

The California legislature has taken significant action in its most recent session, which concluded earlier this month. Several key bills signed into law by Governor Brown will protect port truck drivers by providing increased enforcement measures (SB 588 and AB 970), tightening up rules on piece rate pay (AB 1513), and expanding retaliation and discrimination protections (AB 987 and AB…

CA Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 621, sponsored by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D–West Covina) who serves as the Chair of the powerful Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. AB 621 provides a limited opportunity for amnesty for port trucking companies who voluntarily reclassify their misclassified drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. Though these companies will be obligated…

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill (SB 63) that will provide ports statewide with a valuable financing tool to help improve port infrastructure, address increased shipping volume and improve air quality by investing in technologies to reduce emissions. This will make it easier for Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland, three of the six largest U.S. container ports, to…

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