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Sacramento Attorney Discusses New Law on Joint Liability for Port Trucking Customers


In his bylined article for the Daily Journal titled “SB 1402: Joint liability for port trucking customers,” Benjamin Ebbink reviews California SB 1402, which established joint and several liability for customers who contract with or use port drayage motor carriers who have unpaid wage, tax and workers’ compensation liability. The bill took effect Jan. 1, 2019.

According to Ben, SB 1402 requires the Division of Labor Standard Enforcement (DLSE) to compile and post online a “blacklist” of any port motor carrier with unsatisfied judgements. The law states that a customer that engages or uses a trucking company on the DLSE “blacklist” shares all civil legal responsibility and civil liability owed to a driver for services obtained after the date the company appeared on the list.

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