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Classifying a truck driver as either an employee or an independent contractor is one of the hottest topics in the trucking industry. If you are considering hiring a driver, this is an important episode. To help us out with this topic, we've brought in the big guns. Ryan Nelson, president of the Utah chapter of Employers Council, has lots of experience and expertise in the trucking industry and joins us to help shed some light on this complicated topic. Employers Council is a nonprofit that provides employment law resources to employers. You can learn more about them at

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You may have heard the saying that words have meaning, well, this is an example where the words have a lot of meaning. If you aren't familiar with that phrase, I use a military example to explain it in the first few minutes of the episode. Too often trucking companies use these two words as nothing more than labels, which has gotten a lot of trucking companies into serious trouble. How drivers are classified is a big decision that has significant consequences.

The federal government and each state has their own test to determine if someone who does work for you can be classified as an independent contractor. We focus on the 11 factor test that the federal government uses. The 11 questions are listed below. Ryan uses a great analogy of the old sliding scales, remember them from gym class or the doctor's office? If not, check out a picture of one, and the rest of the show notes including the 11 questions, at

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