Rebecca S. Trenner
Ms. Trenner’s practice primarily centers around state and federal employment and unemployment tax controversies with a particular focus on defending the classification of transportation equipment owner-operators as independent contractors.
Becky Trenner regularly defends motor carrier clients in disputes involving state agency efforts to reclassify independent contractor owner-operators as employees for unemployment benefit compensation and taxation purposes. She also assists in handling federal and state employment tax inquiries involving independent contractor reclassification. Additionally, Ms. Trenner represents clients in state unemployment tax rate manipulation (i.e. SUTA dumping) investigations and appeals. She has also defended motor carrier clients in state agency attempts to reclassify independent contractor owner-operators as employees for workers’ compensation purposes.
On The Road
- Legal Issues Impacting Transportation Operations and Employee Rights
Nov 8, 2017, Rebecca S. Trenner, Women in Trucking's Annual Accelerate Conference - Kansas City, MO
- Scopelitis Webinar Series: Independent Contractor Challenges
Jul 14, 2016, Rebecca S. Trenner
- Law Alert: NJ Unemployment Tax Owner-Operator Exemption GuttedRead Scopelitis' take on the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development notice that it had adopted substantial changes to the regulations interpreting what constitutes necessary evidence under New Jersey’s unemployment tax independent contractor exemptions applicable to a wide range of industries -NJ Stat. Ann. S 43:21-19(i)(7).
- Transportation Brief: My Driver Filed an Unemployment Claim Where? Jurisdiction as a Defense to State Unemployment Claims and Worker Misclassification ChallengesDetermining where to report unemployment tax is not only important for employee fleets, but it is also an important potential tool for defending state unemployment tax worker misclassification challenges. Read more here.
- Transportation Brief: Spotlight on Unemployment Tax PracticeState unemployment tax remains one of many misclassification battlefronts for motor carriers and other transportation companies utilizing equipment or services provided by independent contractors (IC). Members of Scopelitis' Unemployment Tax team offers a unique set of experiences and thought leadership regarding these matters. Read more here.