Why is it Legal for an Employer to Make Detention Time Unpaid for Truckers?
Waiting time is generally governed by contract law principles according to the terms of the agreement with the employer. It isn't categorized the same way that other working hours are because it is time often spent idle, so it falls in a grey area. Mandatory pay for detention time is a hotly contested issue and currently it is a matter of contract with the particular employer. However, legislation has been proposed recently in to make detention time pay mandatory. Hopefully, recognition is growing that unpaid detention time should be illegal. We suggest contacting Representative Peter DeFazio, and having your union do so if you are a member, for further information.