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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sullivan v. Oracle Corp. Returns to Ninth Circuit

In 2009, the Ninth Circuit asked the California Supreme Court to rule on certain issues regarding work performed inside and outside of California by non-California residents.  

In Sullivan v. Oracle Corp. (2011) 541 Cal.4th 1191 (blogged here) the California Supreme Court held: (1) California's overtime requirements apply to work performed in California for a California employer by non-residents; and (2) Business and Professions Code section 17200, known as the Unfair Competition Law or "UCL" applies to such overtime work; but (3) the UCL does not apply to overtime work performed outside California for a California-based employer by out-of-state plaintiffs.  

In an opinion yesterday, the Ninth Circuit addressed two remaining issues, holding that application of the California Labor Code to non-residents working in California does not violate violates Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment or the Dormant Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.  Sullivan v. Oracle Corp., --- F.3d ----, 2011 WL 6156942 (9th Cir. 12/13/11).  

The opinion is available here.  

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