Federal agency rules misclassifying employees is not a violation
Trucking companies that misclassify drivers as independent contractors are not violating federal law, according to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).- According to the article from the freightwaves.com and its author John Gallagher
Three of the agency’s four board members held that an employer’s mere communication to its workers that it believes they are independent contractors does not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) if that opinion is later found to be wrong.- Gallagher also wrote in his article
“Such communication does not inherently threaten those employees with termination or other adverse action if they engage in activities protected by the NLRA, nor does it communicate that it would be futile for them to engage in such activities,” according to the board, in a ruling issued on August 29.
The ruling is considered by legal experts as the latest in a string of wins this year for employers, including trucking companies, that can avoid significant wage and benefit costs by hiring workers classified as independent contractors versus employees.- According to Gallagher
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freightwaves.com / / and, iTrucker / Mario Pawlowski