Supreme Court Rules Drug Reps Exempt From Overtime Provisions

The Supreme Court ruled that pharmaceutical representatives of SmithKline Beecham Corp. were not entitled to overtime pay.  The court based its decision on a determination that the pharmaceutical representatives were “outside salesmen.”  Because outside salesmen do not have to be paid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the court determined that pharmaceutical representatives were also not entitled to overtime pay.  In making its decision, the Supreme Court rejected the Department of Labor position that stated pharmaceutical representatives were not outside salesmen.

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