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On the heels of California’s new joint liability law, which underscores the responsibility beneficial cargo owners (BCO’s) hold within their supply chains, workers and activists are now turning to BCO’s to ensure their trucking contractors are in compliance with labor standards. Global mining giant Rio Tinto is the latest example of companies that have been trying to clean up their…

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…

State agencies are not the only governmental actors scrutinizing misclassification at port trucking companies. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is now weighing whether misclassification in and of itself constitutes a violation of federal labor laws. Following an investigation, Region 21 of the NLRB recently found merit to charges filed by the Teamsters union that port drayage company Intermodal Bridge…

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