The New York State Legislature gave final approval to a bill creating the presumption that commercial drivers are company employees unless they meet certain standards showing they are independent contractors.
Kendra Hems, executive director of the New York State Motor Truck Association, said the association supported the final version of the bill after negotiating amendments that made the legislation more palatable to motor carriers.
She said Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill.
The bill was supported by the Teamsters union, which has championed legislation in several states to address what it says is misclassification of employee drivers as independent owner-operators.
In New Jersey, an employee-driver bill that lawmakers passed last month is before Gov. Chris Christie.
Hems said truckers opposed the initial version of the New York legislation but are convinced the amendments “will allow legitimate independent contractors to continue to operate in New York State.”