- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that workers aren’t entitled to overtime pay under New Mexico’s minimum wage law for travel between their homes and job sites.

The case involved workers who were based in Artesia but who traveled at least an hour a day to and from job sites in the Permian Basin oil field in southeastern New Mexico.

The Court of Appeals’ June 25 decision upheld a trial judge’s pretrial ruling in favor of the workers’ former employer, J.W. Drilling Inc.

The workers contended they were entitled to overtime because the travel required them to work over 40 hours a week.

The appellate court rejected the argument, ruling that it would expand the state minimum wage to include requiring employees to compensate workers for travel time.

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