The California Supreme Court Provides New Guidance on How AB 5 Could Impact Independent Owner-Operator Truck Drivers Based Throughout the Nation

  The California Supreme Court recently issued two decisions that shed light on the question of whether AB 5 would be imposed on owner-operator truck drivers who spend a majority of their time outside of California.[1] These decisions may influence the pending legal challenge to the application of AB 5 to the trucking industry. The […]

Congress Considering Raising Minimum Motor Carrier Public Liability Insurance to $2 Million

  An already challenging economic environment for truckers may worsen with a proposal in Congress to increase minimum public liability insurance limits to $2 million. In mid-June, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL-04) introduced a proposal in Congress that require commercial motor vehicles to be insured against liability at a level of $2 million—266% higher than […]

California’s AB 5 Lawsuit Against Uber and Lyft: What it Means to Perform Work “That Is Outside the Usual Course of the Hiring Entity’s Business.”

  One of the biggest challenges to assessing AB 5’s impact on the owner-operator model has been ambiguity about how it will be enforced by California. Particularly at issue is Part B of the ABC test codified by AB 5. An employer who wishes to treat their workers as independent contracts must be able to […]

NEW GOVERNMENT LOAN PROGRAMS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS HURT BY COVID-19 VIRUS

AMOUNTS OF LOANS USED TO COVER COSTS TO BE FORGIVEN             On Saturday, March 28, 2020, President Trump signed into law the largest financial assistance package in United States history: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. One of the largest components of the CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Program, a new […]

Independent Contractors Whose Businesses Are Hurt by COVID-19 to Get Unemployment Benefits Under New CARES Act

  The Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act, a portion of the CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides two primary types of relief to American workers hurt by COVID-19: (1) expanded unemployment assistance and coverage; and (2) cash payments. 1.  Expanded Unemployment Assistance – Even to Owner-Operators. The CARES Act […]