Every worker has the right to the comprehensive protections provided by state and federal wage and hour laws, whether they are currently employed or not. Every worker has the right to get a wage that is proportionate to the amount of effort they put in, in addition to the legally mandated amount of time off for rest and lunch breaks. Sadly, businesses all too regularly break wage and hour rules, much to the cost of their workers. This may be the result of ignorance, greed, or some mix of the two. The employment attorneys at Hayber, McKenna, & Dinsmore are knowledgeable in the laws governing wages and hours. We are dedicated to upholding the rights of employees in the state of California by ensuring that they are paid appropriately for the whole amount of time they put in at their jobs, as well as providing them with the rest and food breaks to which they are legally entitled. There are a lot of safeguards in place for staff members. Simply give us a call or send us an email to schedule your free consultation.
Have You Been Paid Less Than the Minimum Wage by Your Employer?
According to section 1197 of the California Labor Code, it is against the law to pay employees less than the Minimum Wage that has been established by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office. However, some wage exemptions do exist. Some communities in California are authorized by state law to mandate that companies pay their employees a higher minimum wage for each hour that they work inside the municipal limits.
Is Your Employer Violating the Law by Failing to Provide You the Required Breaks?
The California Wage Orders and other laws in the state of California require employers to authorize and permit nonexempt employees to take a ten-minute paid rest break in the middle of each four-hour work period. This break must, to the extent that it is practically possible, be taken at the same time each day. Visit our website for more information on overtime, rest breaks, and meal breaks.
Have You Been Denied the Required Number of Meal Breaks by Your Employer?
When an employee has worked for more than five hours without a break, the employer is required under the California Wage Orders and other California laws to give the employee with at least a thirty-minute meal break. Visit our website for more information on overtime, rest breaks, and meal breaks. In addition, it is possible that your employer is concealing the fact that they are not legally required to provide you with lunch breaks by employing the auto-deduction system for meal periods. Please refer to our article on Employers Who Fail to Pay Employees for All Hours Worked.
Have You Been Unable to Obtain Legal Paystubs from Your Employer?
Paystubs, sometimes referred to as itemized wage statements, are required to be sent to workers in accordance with California Wage Orders and other regulations that are in effect in the state of California at the time that wages are paid. Wage statements that are itemized are required to include certain pieces of information. Employers that do not adhere to these criteria are subject to the penalties that are outlined in California law.