Will the Issue of Misclassification Continue Under the Trump's Administration?

Will the Issue of Misclassification Continue Under the Trump's Administration?

Dear trucker friends, the battle against worker misclassification, mostly made by large companies, continues to be one of the important issues affecting the trucking industry, including drivers of commercial trucks and workers in the transportation industry in general..

 

In 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL), under the Administration of Former President Obama imposed a new guide on the application of standards of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to determine which workers classify as employees and which classify as independent contractors. This new guide was seen by many, in the transportation industry, as a threat against the independent truck driver model.

 

El mes pasado el DOL anunció, en su página web, que ha removido esta guía implementada por la Administración de Obama, pero advertía que: “La eliminación de las interpretaciones de la Administración no cambian las responsabilidades legales de los empleadores bajo la Ley de Normas Razonables de Trabajo  (FLSA)…. El Departamento seguirá haciendo cumplir justamente y en su totalidad todas las leyes en su jurisdicción”, también anunció que “mientras este anuncio es bienvenido por los empleadores y puede señalar una posición menos extrema por parte del Departamento de Trabajo (DOL), los empleadores deben ser conscientes de las potenciales responsabilidades asociadas con la clasificación del empleo conjunto y contratista independiente. Además de hacer cumplir las leyes del (DOL), un número de estados han estado activos en sus esfuerzos para disminuir la clasificación errónea de trabajadores, y los trabajadores también tienen su derecho privado a tomar medidas bajo el (FLSA) y varias leyes estatales”.

California has seen an increase in misclassification cases. Last May, the California Labor Commissioner said that since 2011, port truckers have filed 799 claims for misclassification and so far more than $35 million have been awarded in 302 misclassification cases.

 

This misclassification issue is complicated and there is no simple solution to every situation despite the fact that a more relaxed position of the Department of Labor may indicate that they may reduce its law enforcement efforts in this area at the federal level. However, at the state level, in 35 State Labor Departments, both Republicans and Democrats have stated that they will continue to enforce state laws already in place to combat misclassification..

 

Misclassification of workers will continue to be an issue at the state level and in the courts, even though the Trump administration will no longer follow Obama?s guidelines on this issue at the federal level.

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