Schwarzenegger vetoes ‘inhospitable’ legislation

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently vetoed several pieces of legislation that he said would have effectively killed job growth in the state. Two of the bills dealt with worker’s compensation issues, while another bill would have altered the current classification of independent contractors.

The Republican governor said Oct. 12 the independent contractor legislation would have created new incentives for litigation, potentially creating “an inhospitable business climate” in California.

A task force of the American Trucking Associations’ Labor and Regulatory Policy Committee is developing model statutory language provisions for use by state trucking associations in efforts to secure express exclusions of owner-operators from potential worker’s compensation coverage.

Alternatively, the task force also is developing a reasonable fact-based test based upon the unique trucking industry circumstances. For more information, call Christie Cullinan at 703-838-1905 or e-mail her at ccullinan@trucking.org.