California Wage and Hour, and Overtime Laws Apply to Offshore Drilling Facilities


On April 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the request for an en banc rehearing in the case of Newton v. Parker Drilling Mgmt. Serv., Ltd. that was decided on February 5, 2018. In that decision, the Court of Appeals held that California’s wage and hour, and overtime laws apply to offshore drilling facilities located in offshore waters adjacent to the State of California off the coast of Santa Barbara. No Ninth Circuit judge agreed that there should be a rehearing.

Additional Source: Ninth Circuit Directs District Court to Decide Whether California Wage and Hour Law Applies to Offshore Oil and Gas Platform Operating in Federal Waters; Court Holds OCSLA Regulations Do Not Apply to Offshore Contractors, Subcontractors or Service Providers in Criminal Enforcement Matter