Solutions for Transportation
Employers in the transportation industry face heavy regulation under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), as well as state and local requirements for safety and licensing. In addition to DOT and FMCSA, transportation industry employers must also comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding labor and employment.
Our firm understands the challenges that transportation companies face, and we work with your business—whether you provide long-haul trucking, regional shuttle, bus and limousine service or other forms of transportation for people and products—in all aspects of employment law matters, from advice and counsel to defending complex litigation. Our services for transportation industry clients include:
- Advising and working with clients to establish best drug testing policies and practices, including compliance under DOT, state and local drug testing regulations;
- Advising clients on all aspects of legally-compliant background check procedures, including compliance with DOT regulations and growing number of state and local laws limiting use of background information in hiring and employment decisions;
- Defending clients during OSHA enforcement actions, and advising clients on regulatory compliance under OSHA and local safety and health requirements, such as operator safety requirements at both the federal and state level;
- Advising on all aspects of wage and hour compliance unique to the transportation industry, including employee misclassification, minimum wage and overtime issues, meal and rest breaks, and off-the-clock work policies;
- Drafting independent contractor agreements and counseling clients how best to maintain the independent contractor status during ongoing business relations;
- Defending transportation companies against individual or class claims of wage and hour violations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or other employment-related claims.