The Transportation Brief®: A Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2021 - Dispatches
We are pleased to announce that Chase Bullock and Dylan Goetsch have joined the Firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Bullock’s practice is primarily devoted to the Class Action Practice Group, while Mr. Goetsch’s practice will concentrate on Commercial Litigation.
Jeff Jackson reports the pandemic-fueled surge in online sales has created hectic conditions inside many e-commerce distribution centers. This has resulted in an increased demand for hostler and trailer spotting services, which can be high liability operations. When agreeing to provide these types of services for customers, transportation providers should be careful to negotiate fair and reasonable contract terms – being especially sure to closely review indemnification and insurance requirements.
Greg Feary reports, as expected, the US Department of Labor rescinded the independent contractor test rule that was set to take effect on March 8. The withdrawal was officially effective on May 6, but the rule had not yet taken effect. The US DOL has not signaled notice of proposed rulemaking on a new IC test but is likely to reach back and issue guidance memos on the interpretation of the existing IC test similar to those issued during the Obama era.