New guidance from the Department of Labor issued in July could pose a threat to the trucking industry’s use of owner-operator drivers as independent contractors.
The American Trucking Associations calls it “an aggressive departure from prevailing classification standards,” saying it “no doubt signals an attack on industries like trucking that rely significantly on contractors.”
Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1 is aimed at “misclassification” of employees as independent contractors. The issue has been a focus of the Obama administration and is being pushed by labor unions, most visible among port drayage firms and in recent highly publicized and successful lawsuits against FedEx.