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A federal law that prevents states from interfering in certain aspects of motor carriers’ operations will not spare the trucking industry from AB5, following a California appeals court ruling. Several high-profile challenges from motor carrier companies and associations have alleged that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAA) exempts them from complying with AB5, the California law mandating the test employers must use to classify workers as employees. Federal courts have issued split opinions on whether the federal law usurps the state statute, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has come down on the side of the trucking industry over a similar employee classification test in Massachusetts. In a 20-page order Thursday, California’s Second District Court of Appeal found that the FAAA does not preempt the state labor law. 

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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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