A new federal ruling requires California truck drivers to take unpaid rest breaks — but a flurry of lawsuits could change that
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said on Dec. 21 that California trucking companies don’t need to provide paid rest and meal breaks for their truck driver employees.
Truck drivers rejected the ruling, saying paid rest and meal breaks help ensure safety. Under federal law, they are legally required to rest for 30 minutes a day during their 14-hour workdays. Now, California truckers don’t need to be paid during that break.
Last week, the Teamsters Union and the state of California sued the FMCSA.
California truck drivers don’t receive paid rest and meal breaks anymore.
A December 21 ruling from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said California trucking companies don’t need to provide trucker employees with paid rest and meal breaks.
The ruling followed petitions from industry groups like the American Trucking Associations, which represents the country’s largest trucking companies.
One reason to nix the break, according to a statement from FMSCA Administrator Ray Martinez, is an uptick in crashes between the California-Oregon border that are allegedly caused by a decline in parking. Paid rest breaks are also “a drag on the economy,” Martinez said.
Read more: Rest breaks are a ‘drag on the economy,’ and the federal government says California truck drivers don’t need them
Last week, lawsuits filed to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from the Teamsters Union and the state of California took aim at those claims. Both parties are suing the FMCSA and alleging that federal laws don’t overrule California’s labor laws.
These suits contest the ideas that rest breaks are bad for the economy and safety.
For instance, the American Trucking Associations (ATA), an industry group that’s made up of the largest trucking companies and wants to get rid of rest breaks, calculated that rest breaks would …read more
Source:: Business Insider