Calif. Appeals Court Finds Union Deal Overrides OT Rules

Law360, New York (January 23, 2014, 1:49 PM EST) -- A California appeals court ruled Wednesday that workers covered by collective bargaining agreements are exempt from the state's overtime laws, affirming a lower court decision tossing a wage-and-hour suit brought against Exxon Mobil Corp. by employees of a gas and oil plant.

The three-judge panel said the union contract governing the two plant operators' employment by the energy giant, setting up an alternative seven-day workweek and providing workers with premium wages rather than traditionally calculated overtime, satisfied the requirements of the California Labor Code, finding that...
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