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As we reported in our previous post, port drayage firms large and small are modernizing their business models to adapt to changes in the marketplace and government regulatory enforcement priorities.  Hub Group and Old Dominion Freight Line have both reacted by making announcements of moving to an employee driver model in order to avoid costly litigation and to improve reliability.…

  Both big and small trucking companies are changing their business strategy to convert their drayage business to a company or employee driver model in order to avoid costly litigation and to improve service and reliability of a trucking sector that has been plagued by a poor reputation among the shipping community for on-time reliability. On the relatively small end,…

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…

The port trucking sector in Southern California is a critical hub of the global economy.  40% of the goods entering the United States come through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and most of these containerized goods are hauled out of the port by the 11,000 port truck drivers doing business at the harbors of San Pedro Bay.…

Pacific 9 Transportation drivers have begun the 14th week of their indefinite Unfair Labor Practice strike. Picketing by drivers and their supporters have impacted marine terminals operations that have allowed Pac 9 trucks through their gates when there has been active picketing. After the beginning of this latest strike, the California Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE) held hearings…

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…

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected an Oakland trucking company's request for writ of certiorari review in Oakland Port Services, Corp. v. Godfrey. The trucking company petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to review a California appellate court decision that California's meal and rest break protections are not preempted by Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act…

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