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Overtime Woes

Failure to pay overtime is one of the most common California Labor Law violations alleged against employers. While employers may not think it is a “big” deal to pay their employees the proper overtime rate the damages and penalties for failure to pay overtime hours can add up quickly!

Most employers think that overtime is only owed to an employee when an employee works more than forty (40) hours in one workweek. However, that is only half the law! One of California’s main differences for overtime requirements as compared to FLSA requirements is that in California overtime is also owed to any employee who works more than eight (8) hours in a workday.  California employers who fail to pay overtime for over eight (8) hours in a workday or more than forty (40) hours in a workweek are in violation of California wage and hour requirements.

Therefore, it is extremely important that employers monitor their employees’ hours; have an accurate time recording system in place; a proper overtime policy in effect; and discipline/warn their employees who work overtime if it is unauthorized to minimize their legal risk. For more information concerning overtime and wage and hour practices for your employees please contact the Employment Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.

The material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute, legal advice or promise similar outcomes. For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500.


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