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Offshore Oil Rig Worker Subject to California Wage Law

Feb. 6, 2018, 12:01 PM

California law applies to the wage claims of a worker on an offshore drilling rig more than three miles off the coast on the Outer Continental Shelf, a federal appeals court ruled Feb. 5.

Under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the laws of the adjacent state apply to drilling platforms fixed to the seabed of the Outer Continental Shelf as long as state law is “applicable” and “not inconsistent” with federal law. Saying the case presented a novel question, Judge Moran Christen concluded California’s more generous minimum wage and overtime laws aren’t inconsistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act,...

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