U.S. Appeals Court: Federal Break Rules Govern California Truckers

Jan. 15, 2021, 10:26 PM

The decision by a federal agency that California meal and rest break rules are preempted was not arbitrary or capricious and reflects a permissible interpretation of relevant law, a U.S. appeals court ruled Jan. 15.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s interpretation merits deference, the court said, denying a request by the California labor commissioner, labor organizations, and truck drivers to review the administration’s December 2018 preemption decision. The labor commissioner and organizations claimed the FMCSA lacks the authority to preempt the state’s meal and rest break rules.

States may not enforce laws or rules related to commercial motor vehicle...

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