OVERTIME PAY FOR DRIVERS

Whether your job is driving on four, eight or even more wheels, overtime laws may apply to you. Unbeknownst to many delivery, short-haul, courier and intra-state drivers, numerous California and/or federal laws dictate the maximum number of hours drivers are permitted to work before overtime pay is due. While exceptions to the rule always exist, employers of California drivers are now being forced to take a second look at their wage policies or facing lawsuits by drivers of all vehicle types for long hours with no premium pay that go back years.

The Department of Transportation says that vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds may be regulated by that federal agency, which means that at least some of California’s liberal overtime laws do not apply to drivers of larger vehicles. As a result, although federal law does regulate overtime pay, laws such as the 8 hour workday do not apply to drivers of these larger vehicles. However, drivers of lighter vehicles for delivery, limousine, transit, courier and related services are filing and successfully resolving overtime wage cases in record numbers. Oftentimes, since these same California drivers are also being deprived meal and rest breaks, they are recovering compensation for those violations as well. Indeed, our firm recovered a record-setting $87 million in one case on these issues alone.

The legal system is set up to “level the playing field” and give workers the power to correct workplace abuses. Scott Cole & Associates has served California’s workforce for many years as one of the state’s most respected workers’ rights law firms and has recovered massive and record-setting settlements for employees for workplace abuses.

For a confidential discussion of your rights against a former or current employer and/or to submit a claim, contact us for more information.