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Supreme Court defines scope of FLSA’s overtime compensation requirement, declines to extend Auer deference to agency regulatory interpretation

21 June 2012

U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Alert

The United States Supreme Court held Monday in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. that pharmaceutical sales representatives — commonly known as “detailers” — were not entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), affirming the holding of the Ninth Circuit to the same effect. Justice Alito, writing for a five-Justice majority, held that the sales representatives qualified as “outside salesmen” and were therefore exempt from the Act’s overtime compensation provisions.

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