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Courts: Truckers’ breaks covered by federal–not California–law

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

by Michael Nader, Esq., Ogletree Deakins, San Francisco

In a significant decision for transportation companies operating in California, a federal district court judge recently dismissed several class-action claims brought by truck drivers who alleged meal and rest break violations under California law.

In Cole v. CRST, Inc. (No. WL-4479237, CD CA, 2012), Judge Virginia A. Phillips decided that based on the pleadings alone, the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (49 U.S.C. § 14501(c)(1)), pre-empts meal period and rest break claims brought by driver-employees against CRST, a trucking company that operates in California.

Federal law, state cases

Congress enacted the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAAA) in 1994. Part of the law prohibits states from enacting or enforcing laws related to the prices, routes or services (the system for picking up, sorting and carrying goods) of a motor carrier w...(register to read more)

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