Based on several years of experience in the transportation industry, designing independent contractor agreements, and defending transportation companies in courtroom driver actions, our firm can provide valuable design and legal advice to promote driver engagement and protect your business from future lawsuits. Whether your business has been using owner-operators for years or your business is considering launching an owner-operator program for the first time, our experienced lawyers can establish an agreement tailored to your operation, which can promote driver retention while limiting your exposure. As always, please contact us if you have any questions. Another important consideration in establishing your owner agreement is the protection of the independent contractor relationship. Using an outdated or poorly crafted independent contractor agreement can expose your business to huge debts, including drivers` class actions, payroll tax, wage rights, unemployment insurance rights, and additional liability in the event of an accident. Transport companies should regularly update their agreement on independent contractors in order to keep up with ever-changing laws, regulations and legal precedents. A property operator contract is a contract between a company that owns vehicles to rent another person or company on lease for a fee. Rent is usually a combination of time plus the number of miles the vehicle is driving. As a rule, this form is used with semi-trailers, but can be used for any type of vehicle carrying goods. The agreement should indicate, line by line, owner operator agreements, also known as lease agreements, must comply with the rules adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 49 C.F.R.
§ 376.12. The rules contain the essential elements of a property operator`s contract or a lease agreement. An experienced truck and transportation attorney can help you provide the legal advice and legal documents needed to ensure compliance with federal rules and protect against drivers` actions when it comes to compensation and returns….