by Thomas M. McInerney, Esq.
A unanimous California Supreme Court has ruled that California-based employers must pay out-of-state resident employees based on the provisions of the California Labor Code, even if those employees only visit the state on a limited, temporary basis.
The court ruled that the California Legislature intended for the state’sto apply broadly to protect workers visiting California even temporarily. Therefore, it said, California laws trump the laws from the states in which employees actually reside and primarily work. (Sullivan v. Oracle Corp., No. S170577, California Supreme Court, 2011)
The decision is worrisome for multistate employers because it may open the door for more employee lawsuits seeking the generous protections offered by California law.
Three-part state law claim
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