Monday, June 18, 2012
Supreme Court rules on pharmaceutical sales reps under Fair Labor Standards Act
JURIST - Paper Chase[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 [opinion, PDF] Monday in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that pharmaceutical sales representatives (PSRs) qualify as outside salespeople under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) [text], making them ineligible for overtime under the act. The Department of Labor (DOL) had stated that PSRs are not outside salespersons and can thus apply for overtime. This decision and whether the court must defer to it is as a valid departmental regulation...
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