WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether people who work as service advisers at auto dealerships are entitled to overtime pay under federal labor laws.
The justices agreed Friday to hear an appeal from a California auto dealer that says its service advisers are similar to car salesmen or mechanics who are exempt from overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The job duties of service advisers include meeting car owners as they enter the dealership and helping decide what needs to be repaired.
A federal district court agreed with the dealer. But the federal appeals court in San Francisco reversed, deferring to a Labor Department interpretation stating that service advisers are not exempt from overtime because they don’t actually sell cars or perform service on them.