Currently, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Motor Carrier Exemption, FedEx contractors do not have to pay drivers overtime when driving trucks over 10,000 pounds. That could change.
The Guaranteeing Overtime for Truckers Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 14, 2022, and in the Senate on September 12, 2022, would repeal the FLSA Motor Carrier Exemption. The legislation will significantly change how contractors schedule employees and manage their fleet if passed.
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently recommended eliminating the exemption to improve the supply chain, and the bipartisan bill has a coalition of support from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Institute for Safer Trucking, the Truck Safety Coalition, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and Parents Against Tired Truckers. The introduction by Senator Markey and Padilla of the Senate version of the Guaranteeing Overtime for Truckers Act gives this bill new life and continues to move the efforts of these groups forward.
While these developments in no way guarantee the elimination of the Motor Carrier Exemption, it is a significant development that contractors need to be aware of and prepared to address. We will continue to provide you with updates as we receive them.
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