September 2015

By Dan Walters – The Sacramento Bee The political kvetching over California taxes mimics the famous porridge passage in “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Some Californians – those on the right – believe taxes are too high. Others to the left believe they are too low. The rest, quantity unknown,

Beginning October 1st the allowable meal per diem expense rate for truck drivers increases to $64 per day – up from $59. The allowable increase is from that date onward, not retroactive to January 1st. The per diem rate can only be used for truck operators that stay away from

CARB announces “re-adoption” of LCFS Sacramento, CA – On September 25, 2015 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced it has updated key parts of its regulations aimed at the usage of gasoline and diesel fuel in the state. Termed the “Low Carbon Fuel Standard” or “LCFS,” the regulation will

By State Farm Insurance Causing car or truck crashes is certainly nothing to brag about that is unless you’re a professional scammer. Believe it or not, staged vehicle accidents are big business these days. According to the FBI, this type of crash costs the insurance industry $20 billion annually, with

Greenwich, Connecticut-based XPO Logistics announced September 10 that it would buy LTL trucker Con-way, Ann Arbor, Mich., for $3 billion, continuing the consolidation of major trucking companies around the world. The deal, expected to close in October, will make XPO Logistics the second largest provider of less-than-truckload services in North

The PLF held their annual fundraiser event on September 12th on the Queen Mary docked in Long Beach. The WSTA is a supporter of the PLF as they have been representing the association and some of our members at no cost in litigation challenging U.S. EPA rules.

The state of Nevada is on a road less traveled, at least as it handles the issue of who is an independent contractor, with passage of Senate Bill 224 in its most recent legislative session. Nevada law now allows more latitude for independent contractors, including real estate agents, hairstylists, exotic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) is stretching its legal authority to go after employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors, promising they will “face consequences” because “misclassification is workplace fraud, plain and simple.” “Misclassification” is a practice used by some employers to cut costs by declaring their workers to

Richard Lokey, WSTA Member When the Butte Fire erupted on September 9th, it didn’t take long for it to spread throughout Calaveras County, quickly surrounding the ranching community of Mountain Ranch. So far, over 71,000 acres, 545 homes and 356 outbuildings were lost to just this fire.

Worst Place to do Business California’s lawsuit climate is among the worst in the country at number 47 out of 50, tying its all-time low ranking in 2012, according to a recent national survey. It’s likely to get worse for employers here, with the legislature busy creating worse laws and