The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division on Monday released a revised industry statement saying car companies may be required to wear compensation protection for drivers who own their own trucks.
“If a company is a leased transport company and the drivers do not have the right to own, use and inspect their trucks for purposes other than providing the trucks to the company, then it may be necessary to provide compensation to workers,” the division said in a statement. We recommend that car rental companies in this situation discuss coverage needs with an insurance specialist. “
The division said the announcement was prompted by the decision in the state Supreme Court on March 24 SAIF Corp. against Wardwho interpreted the term “furnish”; as it is used in state law which states that employers do not need to have compensation protection for drivers who own or rent equipment they provide.
“It is clear from the text of the law and its legislative history that the exemption requires ownership or leasehold rights that would allow the lessee to use the equipment in other ways than to furnish, maintain and use the equipment for exclusive use and at. the landlord’s exclusive management “, the court said.
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