Shippers May Be Liable for Wage Payments Related to Certain California Port Trucking Companies

Effective January 1, 2019, under California Labor Code Section 2810.4, customers of certain port trucking companies may be held liable for unpaid wages due to commercial truck drivers, as well as any related assessments. According to the DLSE:

Any customer that engages or uses a company or individual on the list shall share with the individual, company, or successor all civil legal responsibility and civil liability owed to a port truck driver for services obtained after the date the company or individual appears on the list. This means the customer is jointly and severally liable for the full amount found due of:

  • unpaid wages
  • unreimbursed expenses
  • damages, penalties and any applicable interest

The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has published the list of port drayage companies here.  The list of subject port drayage motor carriers will be updated monthly.

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