30 May: Senate Approves Worker Protections For Drivers Misclassified As ‘Independent Contractors’

TRENTON – The misclassification of short-distance and parcel delivery truckers as independent contractors by their employers would be rectified by legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg that was approved by the Senate on Thursday, giving the drivers the protections and rights afforded most employees.

The bill, S-1450, entitled the “Truck Operators Independent Contractor Act,” would prevent trucking companies from misclassifying truckers as a way of avoiding workers’ rights laws and the employer responsibilities, including unemployment and Social Security contributions.