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What should I know about unpaid wages for overtime in California?

In California, many of workers are eligible to receive overtime if they go beyond their regular work hours. However, it is not uncommon for employers to fail to pay these workers and be guilty of committing a violation related to unpaid wages. Often, workers are not even aware that they were supposed to get overtime under the law. In other instances, they are concerned about their job status if they file a complaint over unpaid wages.

It is important for them to know that they have rights and are protected under the law. Understanding when they should get overtime is one of the most vital factors in taking the necessary steps to receive those wages. An employee who is 18 or older and is nonexempt or a minor employee who is 16 or 17 and is legally allowed to work and not attend school can work eight hours in a single workday and 40 hours in a workweek without getting overtime. If they work beyond those hours, they are entitled to overtime pay.

The amount that should be paid for overtime is one and one-half times of the hourly pay for hours that go beyond eight in one day. This includes 12 in one workday and the first eight hours that the employee works on the seventh day if he or she worked them consecutively in a workweek. The employee must get twice the regular pay for working beyond 12 hours in a workday and for the hours that go beyond eight on the seventh straight day of work in a normal workweek.

There are exemptions to the overtime law and some workers are not eligible to receive it. When discussing a case, it is important to know who is and who is not eligible. For help with a case in which unpaid wages for overtime are an issue, having legal guidance from a lawyer who is experienced with assisting people who have not been paid according to the law is imperative. Calling for advice in the case is the first step toward filing a claim.

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