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Historically, it was routine for truck drivers to log 60- to70-hour weeks without receiving overtime pay. But a federalappeals court ruled Monday that truckers based in New Jersey areentitled to 1.5 times their hourly rate when they work more than40 hours a week.

In Keeley v. Loomis Fargo & Co., 98-6428, a Third Circuitthree-judge panel held that New Jersey’s overtime statuterequired that truck drivers receive the same amount of overtimepay as other workers in the state.

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