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California Wage and Hour Laws: What Employees Need to Know

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Do you feel like your employer is taking advantage of your time and not paying your for your hard work? If so, they may be violating California wage and hour laws. Just as there are federal wage and hour laws in place to protect you from unlawful treatment at work, California wage and hour laws provide even stronger protection for your employee rights in the workplace.

The information below will help you understand California wage and hour laws, when to know if you are a victim of wage and hour violations, and how an employment attorney can help you file a wage and hour claim.

California-Wage-And-Hour-Laws-Facts.pngDo you feel like your employer is taking advantage of your time and not paying your for your hard work? If so, they may be violating California wage and hour laws. Just as there are federal wage and hour laws in place to protect you from unlawful treatment at work, California wage and hour laws provide even stronger protection for your employee rights in the workplace.

The information below will help you understand California wage and hour laws, when to know if you are a victim of wage and hour violations, and how an employment attorney can help you file a wage and hour claim.

What Are Wage and Hour Laws?

Wage and hour laws set the standards for employee pay, breaks, and hours. The laws cover everything from overtime work and pay, minimum wage requirements, tips, meal breaks, rest breaks, what actually qualifies as time worked, when an employer must pay you, and more. Federal legislation establishes that employees must be paid time and a half for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. In California, wage and hour laws are governed by the California Labor Code and State Wage Orders, and are slightly different from what employees can expect in other states. In addition to federal wage and hour laws, California law requires that all non-exempt employees must be paid time and a half if they work more than 8 hours per day or forty hours per week - whichever is greater.

These distinct differences in wage and hour laws mean that under California law, workers' rights to compensation for time worked are protected even more than in most other states. If your employer is violating any of the California wage and hour laws, an experienced employment attorney will fight for the compensation you've been missing.

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How to Know If You're a Victim of Violations of California's Wage and Hour Laws

Whether you're unfairly compensated for overtime work or aren't given adequate rest periods, California law will protect you from these and other unlawful actions by your employer.

If your employer subjects you to any of the following illegal behaviors, you may want to contact a California wage and hour attorney right away:

  • Your employer is paying you less than California's minimum wage requirements

• Your employer fails to pay you for daily or weekly overtime (i.e. fails to pay you 1.5 times your hourly rate for each hour over 8 in one day or each hour over 40 in one week, whichever is greater)

  • Your employer fails to provide proper 30 minute meal breaks or 10 minute rest periods
  • Your employer is in breach of your employment contract
  • Your employer misclassifies you as "Exempt" (i.e. salaried as opposed to hourly)
  • Your employer miscalculates your hourly wage, salary, commission, bonus or another type of payment

• Your employer violates the California Private Attorney General's Act (PAGA)

How to File a Wage and Hour Claim in California

If you are being subjected to any of the above-mentioned unlawful behaviors, it is important to stay calm and not fear repercussions for filing a wage and hour claim. As an employee in the state of California, you have rights, and your employer cannot lawfully retaliate against you for filing a claim. Always work with an experienced employment attorney to discuss your options for pursuing a wage and hour claim in California.

Don't let your employer get away with unlawful wage and hour violations. Contact the experienced employment lawyers at Hennig Ruiz for your free consultation, and let us work to get the compensation you deserve.

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