Defending against Independent Contractor Classification Claims, and Wage and Hour Cases

March 10, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET

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Owner Operator drivers have been integral to the transportation industry for the last 60 years. Motor carriers are now under attack from plaintiffs’ lawyers, unions, and the government bringing claims that these independent contractors should be classified as employees. “Misclassification” cases have already resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts, and settlements; the number and size of these cases continue to expand. If your trucks are moving in or out of California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Washington, or other “hotbed” states, you are at serious risk, and your risk manager, CFO, General Counsel or other personnel with risk responsibility, should attend this presentation, from the comfort of their own office.

The presentation will discuss the legal test for determining independent contractor status, preparing to defend against misclassification cases, improving the owner operator model, federal preemption defense to these claims, legislative response to preserve the model, and the continued viability of the model itself.

Motor carriers using employed drivers are also under attack in class actions alleging wage and hour violations, including overtime, meal and rest breaks, and minimum wage violations. This presentation will help motor carriers and their counsel to prepare to defend against these claims.

Who should attend?

In-house and outside counsel representing motor carriers in employment matters and independent contractor issues, HR professionals, motor carrier senior management, insurers of EPL/Wage and hour issues, or brokers who often field questions or provide guidance to motor carriers.


Charles Carr2Charles F. Carr | Carr Allison | Birmingham, Alabama
One of the firm’s founders, Charles Carr is President of Carr Allison. With more than 35 years of litigation experience in state and federal courts in Alabama, Charles has litigated in many other states throughout the United States. He has served as national coordinating counsel on complex and catastrophic personal injury cases in 25 states within the United States for a major national insurance carrier. Currently, Charles serves as national trial counsel for Swift Transportation, one of the largest motor carriers in the United States. For more information about Charles, please click HERE.

Featured Panelists

Bob Stewart_Carr AllisonRobert L. Stewart, Jr. | Carr Allison | Jacksonville, Florida
Bob Stewart joined Carr Allison, effective February 1, 2016, in its new Jacksonville, Florida, office. Bringing more than 30 years of experience representing clients in the transportation industry, Bob comes to Carr Allison from his most recent position as vice president and assistant general counsel of XPO Logistics Inc., a top 10 global provider of transportation and logistics solutions. Bob held a similar position for Overnite Transportation Company (now UPS Freight) and has several years of experience with globally and nationally known defense firms McGuire Woods (Jacksonville, FL) and Jackson Kelly (Charleston, WV), respectively. For more information about Bob, click HERE.

For Use by Quarles and BradyRachel Molina | Senior Counsel Labor & Employment | Swift Transportation Company | Phoenix, Arizona
Rachel Molina is responsible for managing all of Swift’s labor and employment matters.  In this role, Ms. Molina oversees all of Swift’s employment lawsuits nationally.  She provides daily advice to various departments at Swift regarding compliance with all state and federal employment laws.  Ms. Molina also represents Swift in all employment-related administrative agency investigations and reviews by drafting position statements and responses for information, and by coordinating Swift’s responses to audits.  Prior to joining Swift, Ms. Molina was an associate in the Labor & Employment group at Quarles & Brady LLP, in Phoenix, Arizona.  Ms. Molina graduated from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

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