By Kellie Mejdrich (July 26, 2022, 5:30 PM EDT) — The Ninth Circuit upheld a victory for railroads that had challenged the application of a California paid sick leave law that labor unions and the state had defended, holding Tuesday that rail workers were exempt due to federal laws governing their benefits.
In a published opinion, a three-judge panel affirmed two rulings from a California federal court from 2017 and 2021 that together concluded the workers were fully exempt under the federal Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, which contains an express provision barring railroad employees from collecting any “sickness benefits under a sickness law of any state.”
The circuit panel upheld a…
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