About Nick Porto

Nick Porto is the co-founder of TowLawyer. TowLawyer is the one-stop shop where you’ll find legal resources and answers to your towing and recovery legal questions and concerns.

Salary Exemption to Minimum and Overtime Wages

In last week’s blog, I described I case I had involving a night dispatcher who complained about minimum and overtime wage violations.  In that situation, the tow company thought they didn’t have to pay either minimum or overtime wages because he paid the dispatcher a salary of $300.00. But just paying a salary, without more, does not make the employee exempt from minimum and overtimes wages.

By |2018-08-27T09:41:41-05:00August 27th, 2018|Human Resources|0 Comments

Beware of the Night Dispatcher

My first wage and hour case in the tow industry didn’t even involve tow operators. It involved a disgruntled night dispatcher who was being paid $300.00 per week to answer the phones from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., seven (7) days a week. She was permitted to take all of the calls on her cell phone, meaning for large portions of the night when the phone wasn’t ringing, she slept at home.

By |2018-08-20T11:26:28-05:00August 20th, 2018|Human Resources|0 Comments

New Arizona Tow Truck Law Cracks Down on Rogue Tow Truck Companies

I have a special place in my heart for the tow companies of Arizona. The first ever member of TowLawyer was from Arizona. Upon joining our website, I remember him telling me how the resources of the website were a major help to the tow companies in Arizona who were trying to abide by the law. Recently, however, the bad deeds of a few tow truck companies have negatively impacted towing across the state.

By |2018-07-27T09:36:26-05:00July 27th, 2018|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments

How to Structure Your Tow Business

I don’t need to tell you that owning a tow business is high risk. It’s a dangerous profession with expensive equipment and expensive claims. These risks are present every day. For these reasons, careful consideration should be given to how you legally structure the ownership of your business. If you make the wrong choice, everything [...]

By |2018-06-22T13:19:50-05:00June 22nd, 2018|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments

Think Twice before You Dock an Employee’s Pay

In my opinion, some tow company owners are too nice to their employees.  I’ve seen many an owner pay for an employee’s mistakes (literally), such as paying for a traffic fine or for the damage an employee caused, only to have the employee fail (literally) to repay the favor.  When this happens, tow companies are sometimes quick to immediately “dock” the employee’s paycheck to recover any monies that were spent on the employee.

By |2018-06-08T06:57:46-05:00June 8th, 2018|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments

How to Properly Calculate Damages for a Downtime Claim

As we have written about in this blog, downtime claims, which are claims for that time when your tow truck is down and not generating income, are tough and insurance companies often fight them tooth and nail. For this reason, before you retain an attorney to prosecute such a claim and spend even more money, it is best to know what you are getting yourself into.

By |2018-06-01T13:19:58-05:00June 1st, 2018|Billing & Collections|0 Comments

Happy Memorial Day from TowLawyer

More than 41.5 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA. The National Safety Council has released estimates indicating that 402 fatalities are expected during the holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 28. More accidents mean more tow operators on the side of the roadway putting themselves in harm’s way for the sake of helping others.

By |2018-05-25T11:35:58-05:00May 25th, 2018|Roadside Accidents/Move-Over Laws|0 Comments

Be Leary of Consumer Protection Lawsuits

As we have discussed in this blog, the American Rule of attorney’s fees requires each side to pay their own way unless there is a statute or contract that says otherwise. Unfortunately, consumer protection lawsuits are one of the types of statutes that carry an attorney’s fees provision. Even more unfortunate, these are exactly the type of lawsuits a tow company can expect to be hit with by a disgruntled consumer.

By |2018-05-17T12:20:30-05:00May 17th, 2018|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments