California Wage & Hour
Wages are an essential part of any employer-employee relationship. You have a right to expect to be paid according to your employment agreement and the law. It is a company’s responsibility to uphold its end of the bargain whether it is through a contract, a statute such as the Labor Code of California, or federal law. A company that fails to pay you fairly is breaking the law and putting you in a difficult financial position.
California wage & hour law sets minimum standards
Workers come to us for help with resolving issues related to wages including unpaid overtime, recovering wages that have been wrongfully calculated, unfair clock-in and clock-out timekeeping, not getting breaks, and disputing wage theft.
- Minimum wage
- Meal breaks and rest breaks
- Hours of work
- Itemized wage statements
Other common wage/hour state law violations
Types of violations include:
- Misclassification of employees as exempt from wage/hour requirements
- Misclassification of employees as independent contractors
- Failure to pay California’s minimum wage
- Failure to pay overtime
- Failure to provide required meal and/or rest breaks
California Minimum Wage
The minimum wage set out under California’s wage and hour laws is the same for all employees, except independent contractors.
The California minimum wage as of January 1, 2022 is
- Fourteen dollars ($14.00) per hour for employers with twenty-five (25) or fewer employees
- Fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour for employers with twenty-six (26) or more employees.
Minimum wages are scheduled to increase annually until they reach fifteen dollars ($15) per hour for all employers in 2022. Those figures represent only the state’s minimum wage, but many California cities and counties already have even higher standards for minimum wage.
California Overtime Laws
Unpaid overtime wages are a common legal issue in wage and hour disputes. When you work more than eight (8) hours in a day or forty (40) hours in a week, you are entitled to overtime pay. Working more than 12 hours in one day entitles you to double your hourly wage.
Some jobs are not eligible for overtime payments, including:
- Some executive, administrative, and professional positions
- Computer software professionals
- Outside sales representatives
- Employees who earn more than one and a half times minimum wage and receive at least half their compensation from commissions
- Drivers with a regulated schedule
- Those directly employed in the government
- Professional actors
- People who work in “intellectual, managerial, or creative” fields
Meal and Rest Breaks in California Workplaces
Another aspect of California and federal wage and hour laws relates to meal and rest breaks. The employee is entitled to a 30-minute meal break if they work for five hours unless the workday is completed in six hours, and the employee consents to a waiver of the meal period. A worker who works for 10 hours during the day is entitled to another 30-minute meal break.
Our California Hour and Wage Lawyers Will Fight for You
If you were denied overtime pay or were not properly paid for your work, do not hesitate to contact us at Valerian Law. You may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer to collect compensation for unpaid wages, and additional damages. Call us at 888-686-1918 to speak with one of our experienced California employment attorneys.