Appeals Court sides with state foresters in battle with DENR linked to overtime pay

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court ruling and ruled in favor of state foresters seeking overtime pay from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In other opinions released this morning from the state’s second-highest court:

  • A three-judge panel offered mixed results in a disability benefits dispute involving an MRI technician for New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The three judges agreed to throw out the N.C. Industrial Commission’s finding that the worker should get temporary total disability benefits but split 2-1 on whether to allow the rest of the commission’s findings to stand.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a trial court ruling forcing Graham County commissioners to pay a local elections employee, but struck down a part of the ruling forcing the commissioners to pay the local elections board’s attorney’s fees.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a trial court ruling favoring the former CEO and executive vice president of Winston Hotels in a dispute about non-compete agreements with the company that took over their hotel chain.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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