April 22, 2009

Court says FedEx drivers are independent

A U.S. appeals court in Washington said FedEx Ground correctly classifies its drivers as independent contractors.

The court determined that the company had provided clear evidence that FedEx Ground contractors are properly classified as independent contractors, company spokesman Maury Lane said, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Wednesday.

The court found the contracts with drivers allow them to hire employees and sell routes to others without company permission as well as the parties' intent expressed in the contract.

The Teamsters union, which tried to organize contracted drivers in Massachusetts has been trying to have FedEx drivers declared as company employees, the Commercial Appeal said.