Companies in the transportation industry with operations in California have some positive news to celebrate. On May 3, 2019, in Anthony Ayala v. U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc., et al., the Central District of California granted partial summary judgment and dismissed a truck driver’s meal and rest period claims, finding that they were preempted by the December 2018 ruling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
In its December ruling, the FMCSA stated that California cannot enforce its meal and rest period laws with regard to interstate motor carriers because those laws do not provide any additional safety benefits above those already provided by the meal period rules contained in the federal hours of service rules. It also found that the California meal and rest period rules unduly burden interstate commerce. Continue Reading