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GCLA Focuses On Labor Laws At First Meeting Of 2020

Martin Romjue
Posted on January 15, 2020
State labor law expert and attorney Joe Lordan will lead a seminar at a Jan. 28 GCLA meeting about the latest rules affecting California operators. (LCT file photo)

State labor law expert and attorney Joe Lordan will lead a seminar at a Jan. 28 GCLA meeting about the latest rules affecting California operators. (LCT file photo)

The number one issue facing California operators will be the prime topic at the Greater California Livery Association’s first member meeting of the year on Jan. 28 in Hayward, CA.

Wage and hour rules, gratuities, workers compensation, and the effects of AB5 will be the subjects of a comprehensive labor seminar held by two attorneys familiar with the luxury ground transportation industry in California.

Joseph Lordan from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and Patrick O'Brien from O'Brien & Associates, both law firms based in San Francisco, plan to dive into those topics and what they mean for operators starting at 7 p.m. at the MCI Sales and Service Center in Hayward, the site hosting the GCLA meeting which opened in October 2017.

2019 brought passage of AB5 that codifies a major state Supreme Court decision narrowing the definition of independent contract labor, which for the first time ever means transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber must classify and compensate their drivers the same way luxury limousine operators have been doing for years. The TNCs are fighting to reverse the legislation, but as of Jan. 1, it became the law of the state. O’Brien and Lordan will also answer questions from attendees.

"This presentation focuses on the new ABC Test for determining employment status, discusses exemptions from the law, tips for analyzing a livery and transportation workforce, as well as the potential consequences from misclassification," Lordan said.

The MCI Sales and Service Center in the San Francisco East Bay city of Hayward will host the GCLA meeting on Jan. 28 and include a tour of the facility. (LCT file photo)

The MCI Sales and Service Center in the San Francisco East Bay city of Hayward will host the GCLA meeting on Jan. 28 and include a tour of the facility. (LCT file photo)

The GCLA meeting, which runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., also includes a tour of the MCI service facility. MCI has gained traction in the luxury ground transportation sector during the last few years with bus models that offer many of the luxury amenities operators look for in a motorcoach.

The official meeting sponsor is BMW of North America, whose key account manager for VIP and specialty sales, Kyle Johnson, will give a presentation and display a new BMW model vehicle.

Schedule:
5 to 6 p.m.: Registration and networking
6 to 6:30 p.m.: Facility tour
6:30 p.m.: Dinner
6:45 p.m.: GCLA President opening remarks
7 to 8:30 p.m.: Labor seminar

TICKET AND REGISTRATION INFO HERE

Related LCT articles: This background information can help attendees prepare for the meeting:

Related Topics: attorneys, BMW, California operators, employee vs independent contractor, GCLA, Greater California Livery Association, independent contractor issues, labor laws, legislation, limo associations, MCI, networking

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  • Kevin Keegan ( Founder of

     | about 2 months ago

    I hope at the GCLA meeting the Attorneys talk about Gratuity, and labor code 351. I believe that most limo companies are braking the law in this matter, when they accept jobs from other limo companies. When a company excepts a run from another company, and that company collects the gratuity from there client that company is legally responsible to make sure the full amount of the gratuity is given to the Chauffeur that performs the job.

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