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Overtime and your rights in California

It is important to be aware of all of your rights as an employee. Sadly, some employers do not respect the rights of their employees with regard to compensation for overtime hours they work. You should be aware of overtime laws and make sure that you receive overtime pay when you earn it.

When do employers have to pay overtime?

According to the Department of Industrial Relations, employers have to provide overtime pay once a nonexempt employee works for more than 40 hours during a workweek or for over eight hours during a single day of work. In addition, employers must pay overtime to staff members working beyond six days in a particular workweek. For example, if an employee works for six days in a row, they must receive overtime pay for their entire seventh day of work.

How much overtime pay do workers receive?

It is crucial to understand how much overtime pay you should receive, depending on the hours you work. For example, if you work for more than 40 hours in a workweek, between eight and 12 hours in a given day, or for the first eight hours on your seventh consecutive workday, your employer must pay you 1.5 times your regular pay rate. Your employer must pay double your regular pay rate if you work hours that extend beyond 12 hours in one workday or eight hours on your seventh consecutive workday.

Knowing your rights as an employee can help you advocate for yourself

It is important to familiarize yourself with overtime laws in California in order to ensure that you receive the pay you deserve. Once you are familiar with these laws, you will know what you are entitled to when you work extra hours.  If your employer is not complying with the law, you may want to contact an employment attorney.


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