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Parker Drilling Management Services v. Newton   (U.S. Supreme Court)

Employment liability on the outer continental shelf

The NAM filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court ruling that held that workers employed on drilling platforms on the Outer Continental Shelf may bring claims under state wage and hour laws. The appellate court’s holding not only departs sharply from established law and settled expectations of both employers and employees working on OCS platforms, but it also creates hundreds of millions of dollars of potential retroactive liability for employers and invites lawsuits in an area long understood to be under exclusive federal authority. The Supreme Court granted certiorari, and the NAM filed an amicus brief that identifies the legal flaws in the appellate court's holding and explains how that holding disrupts employment relationships formed in reliance on settled law.

Related Documents:
NAM brief  (February 27, 2019)
NAM brief  (October 26, 2018)


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