• FMCSA TO EXEMPT CARRIERS FROM CALIFORNIA BREAK LAWS

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    January 03, 2019
    As announced late last week, FMCSA said that carriers do not have to comply with California laws requiring employers to provide workers with regular meal breaks and paid rest breaks, rebuking a 2014 federal court ruling. FMCSA will grant a petition filed in September by ATA, which asked that the agency exempt carriers from the California-specific break laws, arguing that they interfere with federal HOS regulations. On Dec. 21, FMCSA said that it agrees with ATA, stating that the 1996 Federal Aviation Authorization Administration Act (F4A) dictates that federal law supersedes state laws on regulating a driver’s work schedule. ATA and other industry groups had been fighting the 2014 federal court decision in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and in Congress with no luck. This signals a major win for the trucking industry that could impact several outstanding court cases.Read more
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