A brief overview of the law of overtime wages in California

When Los Angeles workers put hours in on the job, those workers expect to get paid for the hours. It's unfair for employers not to pay what they owe their employees, and it can cause hardship to the employees if they are putting time in but not being fairly compensated for it. Keep reading for a brief overview of the law of overtime wages in California.

If an employee works more than eight hours in any workday, the employee must be paid the overtime rate for the excess hours. Also, if an employee works more than 40 hours in any workweek, the employee must be paid the overtime rate for the excess hours.

The overtime rate to be paid depends on how many hours the employee has worked. If an employee has worked up to 12 hours in a workday, the employee must be paid one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for the hours over eight. This is also the rate of overtime pay for the first eight hours worked on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek. If an employee works more than 12 hours in a workday, the employee must be paid twice their regular rate of pay for the hours over 12. This is also the rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of eight on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek.

There are exemptions from overtime laws for certain kinds of employees. Some salaried employees may be exempt from the overtime laws, for example.

There are options available to employees to recover unpaid wages. They can file a wage claim with the California Labor Commissioner's Office or they can file a lawsuit in court.

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