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Trucking Companies Do Need Not to Pay Drivers for Off-Duty Time in Sleeper Berths

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”) has set forth new guidelines for compensating long-haul truck drivers for off-duty time spent in sleeper berths. Under a recent DOL opinion letter, employers need not pay drivers for time they are relieved of all duties and permitted to sleep in adequate sleeping facilities such as a sleeper berth.

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California Employers Must Pay Employees for Minimal and Difficult-to-Track Off-the-Clock Work

California employers must compensate employees for all regularly occurring pre-shift and post-shift tasks that take just a few minutes and are difficult to track, the California Supreme Court recently held.

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EMPLOYERS MAY FIND COMFORT IN THE ECONOMIC REALITY TEST FOR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1 (“AI 2015-1”) referenced the use of the Economic Reality Test for companies to determine whether workers were independent contractors or employees.  President Obama’s DOL further stated that most workers were employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Earlier this month, President Trump’s DOL withdrew AI 2015-1 and on the DOL website, states that removal of AI 2015-1 “does not change the legal responsibilities of employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act . . ..”

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SECOND CIRCUIT BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR RELATIONSHIPS, FINDING BLACK CAR DRIVERS IN NYC ARE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Last month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (“Second Circuit”) dismissed black-car franchisees’ claims for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), holding the franchisees were independent contractors. The decision shows that courts will recognize and enforce independent contractor relationships where the proper agreements and structure are in place throughout the duration of the working relationship.

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