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Supreme Court upholds sales reps' rights to overtime compensation

The Wall Street Journal (3/1, Kendall) reported a Monday Supreme Court ruling upheld a New York appeals court ruling that reinstated the claims of 2,500 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. sells representatives demanding overtime pay. The appeals court found the workers didn't fall under a category exempting outside salesmen from overtime pay. In their High Court appeal, drug companies argued for the longstanding classification of sales reps that exempts them from such requirements. Under the ruling, the companies said they would incur major costs.

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