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Fair Labor Standards Act: How open-source businesses like Uber are challenging employee classifications

The Fraud List: Fair Labor Edition

This Is The Third Installment in The Fraud List: Fair Labor Series Despite laws enacted by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to help protect the livelihood of our nation’s workforce, there are still grey areas actively manipulated by employers to curve employee costs related to basic minimum wage and overtime pay. By intentionally classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees – even when the job duties seem to clearly entitle workers to employee status – employers can get around paying certain wages and benefits. This is known as “employee misclassification,” and it’s becoming an FLSA crisis in the U.S. The issue developed in recent years ... Read More

Critics attack new Hours-of-Service rule in Congressional hearing

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) head Anne Ferro told a House subcommittee that her agency is not open to repealing the new Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations that restrict driving hours and mandate resting periods for commercial truck and bus drivers. “No, absolutely not,” Ms. Ferro said in a Nov. 21 hearing in response to a question about undoing the new HOS requirements. The hearing, which critics named “Wrong Way: The Impact of FMCSA’s Hours of Service Regulation on Small Business,” was organized by members of the House’s Small Business committee who say the new rules deal a blow to small ... Read More

FMCSA agrees to hold public hearings on proposed Hours-of-Service rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced it will hold a public listening session on its regulatory proposal that would revise hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for commercial truck drivers on February 17, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. The agency will also webcast the session live with a forum on its website for comments and questions in order to maximize public participation. The proposed HOS changes have widened a rift between the trucking industry, which asserts the proposed changes would restrict business excessively in already economically challenging times, and safety advocates who say the changes don’t go far enough in reducing ... Read More

The eight changes FMCSA hopes to make to hours-of-service rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed eight changes to Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules, which govern work shifts, rest periods, and driving hours for commercial truck and bus drivers. The current rules have gone far in driving down the number of fatigue-related truck crashes and fatalities, but the FMCSA says there is much room for improvement, even though large-truck crashes and fatalities are at their lowest levels since record keeping began in 1975. Since the current rules were enacted, large truck fatalities have dropped 33 percent, from 5,036 in 2003 to 3,380 in 2009. However, FMCSA officials say that new ... Read More

Commercial trucking industry’s safety record has improved dramatically

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of deadly truck crashes declined 20 percent last year, dropping from 4,245 in 2008 to 3,380 in 2009. The drop in commercial trucking fatalities puts them at their lowest level in the Transportation Department’s history, but what is responsible for the sudden spike in safety? According to some industry analysts, the economic slowdown and drops in consumer demand translate to fewer commercial motor vehicles on the road and fewer miles driven. In turn, fewer trucks amounted to a statistical drop in the number of accidents involving trucks. But just how ... Read More

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week honors commercial drivers

Take a look at all the objects around you. Your computer, all the items on your desk, the furniture and décor in your room, the very clothes and jewelry you’re wearing – all of these were delivered to you by a truck. But the sheer importance of truck drivers to the North American economy is often overlooked or taken for ranted, which is the reason for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (September 19-25, 2010). This year’s campaign marks the 15th year commercial truck drivers will be honored for their vital role in today’s world. Most commercial motor cargo transport companies ... Read More