Calif. Appeals Court Refines Off-Duty, OT Standards

Law360, New York (April 18, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT) -- Dealing a blow to ocean services company Metson Marine Inc., a California appeals court ruled Thursday that an employer cannot design a workweek schedule to get around paying workers for overtime without a legitimate business reason.

The court also ruled that employers cannot restrict workers' activities during on-call hours without paying for the time, saying two Metson crew members were entitled to additional compensation because the company’s rules requiring workers to sleep on board and remain close to ships during a 14-day work period effectively gave...
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