Another important aspect of establishing your proprietary operator contract is the protection of the independent contractor relationship. The use of an outdated or poorly developed independent contract can expose your business to huge debts, including drivers` class actions, payroll tax, wage claims, unemployment insurance rights and additional liability in the event of an accident. Trucking companies should regularly update their independent contract contracts to follow evolving laws, regulations and legal precedents. The existence of an agreement. Even if there is a written “independent award contract” between ABC Trucking and the drivers, the existence of a contract is not sufficient to justify the status of an independent contractor. An independent carrier contract contract is a document that legally binds a contractor and its customers to an employment contract. Typically, truck drivers are hired to transport goods from one establishment to another or from a seller to a buyer. A clear description of the tasks to be performed by the contractor must be indicated in the labour agreement. In addition, the amount and method of payment as well as the possible costs incurred by the customer must be described.
The contract can be designed so that the contractor can hire additional subcontractor truck drivers or require them to perform the duties of the HGVs themselves. As part of the agreement, all vehicles and equipment must be provided by the contractor. Some agreements may also require the contractor to have auto and liability insurance before accepting the position. There are many factors that are involved in the decision as to whether a particular truck driver is an employee or contractor independent of a particular trucking company. These factors must be applied on a case-by-case basis, and there are many grey areas where one factor is in one direction and another in the opposite direction. That`s why recruiting experienced truck accident lawyers can be so important to sorting through this information. Let`s take a common scenario in the truck industry: ABC Trucking operates as a carrier engine and classifies all its drivers as independent contractors (IC): Based on several years of experience in the truck industry, from developing independent contract contracts and defending HGV companies in driving processes, our company can offer valuable editorial and legal advice to promote driver connectivity and protect your business from actions Future.