A bill to create a presumption that port and parcel delivery drivers are employees and not contractors and allow allegedly misclassified drivers to sue for damages is up for a vote Monday in the New Jersey General Assembly.
Business groups including the New Jersey Motor Truck Association are fighting the legislation, which even if passed by both houses of the state Legislature is considered unlikely to be signed by Gov. Chris Christie.
The legislation had been set for a vote last month but was pulled from the Assembly calendar after supporters couldn’t muster votes needed for passage.
The Teamsters union contends the legislation is needed to prevent companies from misclassifying owner-operator drivers as contractors to avoid Social Security, Medicare and unemployment obligations.
The state trucking association said the bill would make it impossible for motor carriers to use owner-operators, and would allow unions to file class-action lawsuits on behalf of allegedly misclassified drivers.