Jan 4 2019 - Labor Relations - Bianca Saad
A new law, SB 1402, went into effect on January 1 of this year and imposes joint liability on client employers who hire port drayage motor carriers (port trucking companies) with certain unpaid employment-related judgments. Under Labor Code section 2810.4, a “port drayage motor carrier” includes any company or individual that hires or engages commercial drivers in the port trucking industry.
Under the new law, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), also known as the Labor Commissioner’s Office, will post a list of port trucking companies with unsatisfied final court judgments, tax assessments or tax liens. This “blacklist” was posted and announced on January 2 by the Labor Commissioner’s Office and puts retailers and other businesses on notice. If a client employer hires companies on the list, they will be held jointly and severally liable for future labor and employment law violations committed by these companies.