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05-13-2017, 04:36 PM
Hi all. Quick question that is in the weeds but could be useful to me...if a company establishes a base in a state, or at least assigns you to a "base," do they then have to comply with that states labor laws?

For example: your company headquarters is in Texas but establishes a base in California and you are assigned to the California base. Does the company have to comply with Texas employment law? California employment law? Both? Neither??


05-13-2017, 05:06 PM
I believe they have to follow state laws for each base. Delta has to comply with sick leave regulations in CA and MN just to give one example.

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05-13-2017, 06:09 PM
My old airline started taking city taxes out for out of state bases. For instance i would pay a city tax in phl when i lived in tx.

05-14-2017, 08:43 AM
In general they have to comply with state laws for bases. This can work in your favor (bennies) or not (taxes).

In some cases, if state law requires it, they have to also comply with state law for employees who reside in that state, regardless of where they are based. CA is an example.

Big loophole is CBA...In many cases a CBA can preempt some state labor laws. So if the union agrees to something less favourable than state law, you may be out of luck on that (hopefully it's made up for elsewhere in the contact).

But you need to research the specifics for your state of residence and domicile.

05-14-2017, 12:31 PM
Awesome, do ya'll have any reference documentation i can use? Basically i'm about to pick a fight with my employer and i want to have my ducks in a row.

And yes, i'm in california.

05-18-2017, 12:40 AM
My old airline started taking city taxes out for out of state bases. For instance i would pay a city tax in phl when i lived in tx.

This is not legal and if it's a substanitial amount of money you should get an attorney. A pilot's income is considered earned at his residence unless he flies more than 50% of the time in a single jurisdiction. This is a federal law and pre-empts any state or city law in contradiction with this principal. See 49USC14503

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