Newton v. Parker Drilling Management Services, Inc.
- Case Date: 4/2/2018
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On April 2, 2018, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, urging it to reconsider a wage-and-hour ruling that could result in companies facing hundreds of millions of dollars in back-pay awards. WLF argued that the appeals court improperly rejected a half century of federal law governing wages paid to employees stationed on off-shore oil platforms. Before the Ninth Circuit ruled, courts had uniformly held that although oil-platform employees live on the platforms for several weeks at a time, they need only be paid for the time they work, not for sleeping and rest time. The result is that oil companies have paid premium hourly wages, but limited to hours actually worked. The Ninth Circuit’s contrary ruling—that employees must also be paid for sleep and rest time—exposes employers to massive retroactive liability. WLF argued that the appeals court’s ruling misconstrues federal law and improperly penalizes those who reasonably relied on settled law.
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