Will new independent contractor rule stand?

January 7, 2021


Land Line Now, Jan. 7, 2021.

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The Department of Labor’s new rule defines who is an independent contractor. However, under a new administration, will the regulation stand?

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao is stepping down. Cross-border freight is on the rise. And llama drama in Massachusetts.

II. Independent contractor rule’s prospects under Biden

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor issued a final rule defining who is and is not an independent contractor. However, with a new administration about to take charge, will the regulation stand?

III. Michigan eyes public-private partnerships for bridges

Michigan may allow cities to use public-private partnerships to get needed bridge work done, while New Jersey looks at consolidating agencies such as its turnpike authority into its DOT.

IV. Where things stand in D.C.

It’s been an interesting week, to say the least, in our nation’s capital. However, the government has to function, and preparations to transition to a new administration have to take place. We’ll have an update.

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  • The California Air Resources Board is hosting a free online webinar to provide information for truckers on Monday, Jan. 25. You can find more information and register for the event here.
  • The Missouri DOT will be holding a virtual public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 19 to discuss plans to rebuild the Big Bend Bridge on I-44 in St. Louis County. You can find more information here.
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  • Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the Petro in Sparks, Nev. That’s located at Exit 21 off Interstate 80. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here. Jon is also giving away free protective masks.
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