A U.S. DOT agency on Thursday announced that federal laws governing truck drivers’ work schedules trump California’s state laws requiring employers to provide periodic meal and rest breaks, but only for drivers hauling hazardous materials. However, it’s a win for groups who have sought to block California from enforcing its break laws upon motor carriers and drivers.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (a sister agency of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) will publish Friday in the Federal Register a so-called “notice of preemption,” which states that carriers whose drivers haul hazardous materials or explosives and those who must file security
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