The New Jersey General Assembly approved a bill to create a presumption that drayage and parcel delivery drivers are employees instead of independent contractors, but the legislation appears unlikely to become law.
Even if the bill is passed by the state senate, it faces a likely veto from Gov. Chris Christie. Assembly members approved the legislation 42-30, with five abstentions. All Republicans in the Assembly voted against the bill.
The New Jersey Motor Truck Association and business groups opposed the bill, which also would allow civil lawsuits against companies for alleged misclassification of drivers as independent contractors ineligible to unionize.
The Teamsters union says the legislation is necessary to protect workers and prevent companies from dodging taxes
It is unclear when the Senate will take up the bill, or whether the bill will come to a vote in the Senate.