On January 27, 2023, Sergio Cota v. Fresnius USA, Inc., in an unpublished decision, the Ninth Circuit Court upheld a lower court’s decision which tossed out claims that a trucking company violated California state meal and rest break laws.
This is a good win for trucking companies. This is also a reminder that the 2018 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) regulations, applicable to certain commercial drivers preempted California’s meal and rest break laws, is alive and well. The decision also confirmed that these FMCSA regulations are applied retroactively.
This opinion also upholds and reinforces the 2021 decision in International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 2785 v. FMCSA. The panel stated “Courts lack authority to enforce preempted claims arising under California’s [meal and rest break rules] no matter when the violative conduct occurred.”
If you own a trucking company and are subject to federal regulations, this preemption and the impact of California’s meal and rest break laws to your business should be evaluated. For a consult with the experienced employment and transportation attorneys, contact Chauvel & Glatt.
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