Trucking companies will have to face two major legal developments this year that could affect their business and employee relations.
The first is a proposed rule by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), to create a clearinghouse of the drug and alcohol testing history of truckers and bus drivers. Potential employers would have to check the candidate’s history before they hire him or her.
In addition, employers would be required to check records for current employees every year. If any of the employees has a positive drug or alcohol test results, the employer must report them.
The main purpose behind the establishing of the clearinghouse, of course, is to improve safety on the road by helping employers choose drivers with clean records.
The proposed rule is opened for public discussion until April 21, 2014.
The second development is connected with two pending cases regarding whether the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAAA) preempts California’s meal and rest period requirements for drivers.
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