January 8, 2020 / 9:17 PM / 13 days ago

Teamsters, citing Walmart ruling, say Calif. classification law not preempted

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has told a federal judge that a recent appeals court decision involving Walmart Inc truck drivers undermines an industry group’s bid to exempt trucking companies from a California law making it more difficult to classify workers as independent contractors.

The Teamsters’ lawyers at Altshuler Berzon, in a filing in federal court in San Diego on Tuesday, said a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision issued a day earlier that said the federal law governing working conditions for truck drivers did not preempt California wage law also applied to the state’s new classification law, known as AB5.

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