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February 2020 employment law decisions

Louisiana law applies to wage and hour claims by employees who perform some work off the coast of California.

February 18, 2020, Second District Court of Appeal, Gulf Offshore Logistics, LLC v. Superior Court of Ventura County: Former crew members of a ship that provides maintenance services to oil platforms off the California coast alleged violations of California’s wage and hour laws. The appellate court decided that Louisiana, not California, law applied because the employees lived outside of California, worked for a Louisiana-based employer, performed some work inside California’s territorial waters (on the ship) but otherwise had no significant contact with California, and the management and administration of the employment relationship was performed in Louisiana.


Employers must pay for employee time spent waiting and undergoing exit searches of personal items brought to work.

February 13, 2020, Supreme Court of California, Amanda Frlekin v. Apple Inc.: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals requested that the Supreme Court of California decide whether the time spent on the employer’s premises waiting for, and undergoing, required exit searches of packages, bags, or personal technology devices voluntarily brought to work for personal convenience by employees must be paid. The court’s answer was yes because the employees were under Apple’s control during the searches: the searches are mandatory and conducted on Apple property, and Apple requires its employees to perform supervised tasks while waiting for and during the searches.


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