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Appeals Court Rules Unlicensed Accountants Not Covered by CA Overtime Laws in PwC Case

Posted on 16 Jun 2011

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A U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday that unlicensed accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are not automatically covered by California's overtime laws.

A class action lawsuit against PwC by 2,000 unlicensed junior accountants claimed that the accounting firm failed to pay them mandatory overtime under California law. A lower court found that PwC could not exempt them from the state's overtime requirements.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed on Wednesday, ruling that PwC is entitled to litigate whether the unlicensed accountants can be exempted from overtime laws. The 9th Circuit remanded the case back to a district court in Sacramento, Calif. for more proceedings.

Representatives for the plaintiffs and PwC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


Froylin Maryweather Jun 16 2011 6:59AM Report Abuse
This is a terrible decision by the 9th circuit. How is it that on one hand, attorneys practicing law without a professional license can be fined and reprimanded, yet non-licensed accountants can be held to be professionals in the State. Can they open their own accounting firm and engage in public accounting without a license because they are "professional?"
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