New Federal Overtime Rule Blocked
New Law effective December 1st Deemed Unlawful
Last month, a federal judge blocked an Obama administration’s rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers from taking effect, imperiling one of the outgoing president’s signature achievements for boosting wages.
ATA President Chris Spear said that “By doubling the threshold from its current level of $23,660 to $47,476 as of December 1, the rule would have forced millions of salaried professionals to be treated like hourly employees. In the trucking industry, the rule change would have affected countless salaried dispatchers and other managers who need the flexibility to work as the need arises, in response to unpredictable operational demands. At the same time, it would have forced the carriers they work for to begin micromanaging their time.”
30 Minute Rest Break Exemption for Haz-Mat. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an extension of the 30-minute rest break exemption for motor carriers whose drivers transport hazardous materials requiring constant attendance.
Because of this extension, mandated by the FAST Act, the 30-minute rest break exemption will now be in effect through August 20, 2020.
Thanksgiving Truck Restrictions. Read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk newsletter for more information on LA-DOTD holiday travel restrictions on Louisiana’s highways.
Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin
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Motor Carrier Emergency Relief Information. Motor carriers and drivers providing direct emergency relief to, from or within the areas covered by the declarations are temporarily relieved from Parts 390-399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, including hours of service, regardless of commodity carried. Drivers are still required to have the proper operating license and must drive in a safe and prudent manner. More information on waivers can be found on FMCSA’s Web site by going to https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency.
State Declaration: http://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/EmergencyProclamations/111-JBE-2016-State-of-Emergency-Heavy-Flooding.pdf
Federal Declaration: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277
Go to the LMTA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TruckinginLA/ for more immediate updates on road closures and other information. Call the LMTA office if you need assistance of any kind.
Tax Extensions Available for Flood Victims. State tax extensions are available to Louisiana taxpayers whose homes, principal places of business and critical tax records are located in areas of the state declared federal disaster areas following recent storms and flooding.
At this time, there are 20 parishes designated as federal disaster areas. If additional parishes are added to the federal disaster declaration, they will receive the same relief.
For more information, including the complete list of taxes eligible for filing and payment extensions, read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk newsletter.
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2017 LMTA Calendar of Events
General Membership Meeting
Truck Driving Championships
Sandestin Beach Hilton
Fall Transportation Conference
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
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2016 LMTA Annual Convention
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2016 LMTA Seafood Gala
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75th Annual Convention
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Louisiana Press Association
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