Over the road truckers are usually hired as a “contract employee.” Employers do this in order to avoid paying numerous types of employee benefits and to avoid payroll taxes. However, when these cases are looked at closer, under the wage and hour laws, many drivers are actually “employees” and do not qualify as contract employees. As an “employee” under these laws, drivers are entitled to state and/or federal minimum wage for all hours worked. Often during these drivers’ employment, there a weeks where they make less than the their minimum wage for all hours worked that week (this would include hours waiting for loading and unloading freight). This adds up over time. If you are a “contract employee” driver, you should ensure you are not being denied hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in lost wages.
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