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AB5 FAQs: Experts Answer Motor Carriers’ Frequently Asked Questions

February 23, 2021

AB5 FAQs: Experts Answer Motor Carriers’ Frequently Asked Questions

The regulations around AB5 are constantly changing, leaving many motor carriers scratching their heads about how to become and stay compliant. We want carriers to feel knowledgeable and prepared to make an informed decision for their business if the injunction is lifted and AB5 becomes law. That’s why we gathered a panel of experts to provide their insights around the industry’s most frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Below are the AB5 FAQs from motor carriers:


Meet our panel:

To answer the questions above, we looked to leaders from TransForce Group and the transportation industry at large. This dynamic team also presented information on AB5 including regulation updates, compliance risks, and benefits of teaming with TransForce Group during our AB5 readiness webinar

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Lisa Mitchell, Regional Vice President, West Coast, TransForce Group

Lisa has been with Transforce Group for over 19 years. As the Regional Vice President for the West Coast, she manages more than 500 drivers, nine offices, and sales and operations for the region. Since the inception of the Dynamex decision, Lisa has followed and studied the court cases to its pending status with AB5 to its current state of temporary injunction. She has attended numerous court legislative hearings, spoken with the assembly women of the bill Lorena Gonzales, and as well as held public speaking events at Western Trucking Association and Harbor Trucking association.  Lisa is a dedicated leader to helping trucking business navigate the ever changing landscape.

Michael Malarney, Vice President, General Counsel, TransForce Group

Michael is Vice President and General Counsel for TransForce Group.  He has worked for multiple transportation staffing companies throughout his career with experience in operations, sales, sales and executive management.  Michael graduated from Purdue University and later obtained his JD from Indiana University School of Law.  He oversees Legal and Risk for TransForce Group and supports all TransForce Group business units.  Michael is also current President of the Driver Employer Council of America – an industry association supporting Driver Employers in Staffing.

Joe Rajkovacz, Director of Governmental Affairs & Communications, Western States Trucking Association

Joe currently serves as Director of Governmental Affairs & Communications at WSTA.  Prior to this role, Joe served as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association in Kansas City, MO and served on their Board from 2000-2012.  Some of Joe’s primary job duties require him to monitor state and federal rulemakings as well as legislation and devise association responses. He also started and manages the association’s business service unit that performs authority and permitting work for motor carriers nationwide

Wendy Ockerman, Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Osterkamp Group

Osterkamp is a current TransForce Group AB5 Solution Customer- As the Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Wendy leads Safety, Compliance, Human Resource and Risk Management for the Okerman Transportation Group.  Her tenure includes over 34 years in the transportation industry.   Wendy is a trusted advisor and part of the Osterkamp leadership team.  She is an advocate and strategic leader for developing strategies to improve operations, customer satisfaction and driver development and safety programs. The Osterkamp Transportation group was started in 1959,  by Gus Osterkamp and headquartered in Pomona, CA.  A privately held company, its primary services include Truckload and LTL, servicing the eight western states.  They have 5 terminals between California and Arizona, and also operate in Las Vegas.

Get AB5 Compliant with TransForce Group

By partnering with TransForce Group, we can help you get compliant with AB5 regulations quickly and eliminate the risk of misclassifying workers – so you can continue to keep your trucks moving without disruption to your customers. 

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Related Content:

[SOLUTION] TransForce Group Dedicated Solution for AB5 Compliance

[WEBINAR] California AB5 and the Big Impact of the ABC Test: What Motor Carriers Need to Know

[BLOG] AB5 Compliance – Comprehensive Resource Guide for Motor Carriers


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