The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) saw a record attendance at the 35th Annual conference held in April. Over 900 3PLs, brokers, forwarders, and suppliers attended the event, the most ever at a TIA convention, according to

Participants received updates to the Carrier Safety Administration and MAP-21. In addition, a new Carrier Selection Framework was released. TIA members can access this new framework at the TIA website.

Conference participants also received the new Fair Labor Standards Act Framework. The working draft is accessible via the TIA website, as well. A brief discussion of this framework appears below.

The document sites two frequently occurring personnel-related issues as the foundation of the new Fair Labor Standards Act Framework:

1. the designation of workers as independent contractors versus employees; and
2. the classification of employees as exempt versus non-exempt

Designation of workers as independent contractors versus employees is particularly common as it pertains to sales agents, transportation brokers, and similar positions. Businesses who are found to have improperly designated a worker as an independent contractor may be liable for large amounts of back pay, unpaid employment taxes, and penalties.

The issue of employee classification as exempt or non-exempt has occurred most commonly in relation to account managers or similar sales or support positions. Specifically, an employee must be properly classified as exempt from overtime and minimum wage requirements or “non-exempt” (requiring payment for hours worked over 40 per week, or over 8 hours per day in some states). Regulators assume most employees are non-exempt and should be paid overtime. Businesses found to have improperly classified an employee’s exemption status face significant liability for back pay (unpaid overtime) and attorney fees.

The framework guides TIA members with greater detail through these commonly occurring personnel challenges. It serves as a resource in identifying potential challenges and making adjustments as necessary. However, members are urged to seek legal advice based on their specific situations and with adherence to any and all applicable laws. Requirements may differ by location of business, location of operations, and finer details of their business models.

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