In a recent article in The Trucker, they are talking about the proposed law basically making AB5 a nationwide law. The bill has passed the house and is awaiting action in the Senate. OK, there is a line where they suggest AB5 "severely restricts self employment". That is not true at all. You can be self employed all day. People are confusing self employment with driving someone else's truck and they don't withhold any taxes. That is not being self employed. Self employed people buy their own truck, put their company name on it and haul freight that way. See the difference? When you do work for someone else, you are an employee. When you drive someone else's truck and they dispatch you and pay the fuel, you are an employee. Self employed people are just that, self employed. They don't work for someone else, employees do that. The trucking industry has for too long tolerated these employee misclassifications as the right thing to do. Some drivers like it but in fact they are not being classified properly. If you want to be self employed, start your own business. That is what self employed people do. They don't work for someone else. You can't drive someone else's truck and say with a straight face that you are somehow a self employed independent contractor.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.