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A New California Law Provides Port Truck Drivers Additional Wage Protection.

Under Labor Code section 2810.4, effective January 1, 2019, port drayage motor carriers with unsatisfied final court judgments, tax assessments or tax liens must be publicly listed by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office. Any customer that engages or uses a company or individual on the list shall share with the individual, company, or successor all civil legal responsibility and civil liability owed to a port truck driver for services obtained after the date the company or individual appears on the list. This means the customer is jointly and severally liable for the full amount found due of: unpaid wages; unreimbursed expenses; damages, penalties and any applicable interest.

SB 1402 (2018) defines a port drayage motor carrier to include any company or individual that hires or engages commercial drivers in the port trucking industry. The published list, which must be updated monthly by the fifth of each month, details the names, addresses and essential information of the port drayage motor carriers listed.

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