Generally, truck drivers who engage in interstate commerce are covered by the Motor Carrier Act rather than the Fair Labor Standards Act as far as compensation and working conditions are concerned.
The MCA, which exempts drivers from overtime pay, applies as long as there is an expectation that truck drivers will cross state lines and they sometimes actually do.
Recent case: Several truck drivers sued, alleging they were due overtime pay under thebecause they worked more than 40 hours per week.
Their employer said they were interstate truckers and, therefore, not entitled to overtime. The drivers argued that sometimes as little as 1% of their time was spent on interstate driving. The court said that didn’t matter as long as all the drivers occasionally did drive across state lines. (Alexander, et al., v. Tutle, et al., No. 15-2710, 8th Cir., 2016)