Should owner-operators be employees or contractors?

January 27, 2021


Land Line Now, Jan. 27, 2021.

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Federal regulators are considering whether they think owner-operators should be employees of if they should be independent contractors.

U.S. Department of Labor seal owner-operators

I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

A major winter storm continues to pound California. The nominee for transportation secretary moves forward in the Senate. And get paid for napping on the job?

II. Missouri working on towing problems

Missouri is one of the states where efforts are underway to fix problems associated with police-dispatched towing after a crash or other emergency situation. We’ll have an update.

III. Shift in freight rates

A major shift has taken place in the freight market between contract rates and spot rates.

IV. Owner-operators: employees or contractors?

California isn’t the only place where the status of owner-operators is being debated. Federal regulators have spent time recently saying what they think should be the standard for who is an employee and who is an independent contractor.

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