You decided to leave your job because of the way you were treated. You didn't feel like a part of the group, and you felt like the company wasn't a good fit for you.
If you look at your paycheck and see a problem, do you know what to do? Many people know that they need to bring it up, but some will wait for the next check to see if the issue is fixed. If it's not, they might then remember to bring up the problem with their previous check, but sometimes people forget.
When you get paid and receive a paystub, do you really look at it? Do you check the amount you earned and compare the hours noted to the pay you're supposed to receive?
With each new year, there are many new laws that go into place throughout the United States. In California, there are changes that could impact how you're going to be paid. There are a few important laws set to begin in 2020, but one you should get to know is the new minimum wage.
Several farms in California have been found to be in violation of federal wage laws. According to the Labor Department's investigation, there were widespread violations of the labor provisions of the H-1A visa program as well as the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. Several of these violations occurred at five Santa Maria farms. Others occurred in Fresno, San Luis Obispo and Oxnard.
There is never any reason that an employer shouldn't understand how to pay their employees appropriately. There are state laws in place, federal laws to abide by and even specialty attorneys and accountants who can help guarantee that they're paying in accordance with the law.
It's a pretty basic concept: If you go to work and spend time doing your job, you should be paid for that time. The idea that you would not be paid for the effort that you've put in on the job is laughable, which is why you were so surprised when you received a paycheck that was short of several hours' wages.
The California Senate may be ruling on a new gig economy law in the coming weeks, according to a Sept. 9 report. The law, Assembly Bill 5, would reclassify many "gig" workers, also called independent contractors, as normal W-2 employees. If that happens, companies could be forced to pay out health benefits, overtime pay and workers' compensation among other benefits.
When you're working a job, the expectation is that you will be paid for your time and effort. You likely signed a contract that stated how much you'd be paid and how often you'd receive it, too.
Recognizing when you're being shorted on your paychecks might not be simple, but it's something you should make sure you're checking every time you receive one. Whether it's a missing hour of pay or overtime that hasn't been paid, you shouldn't allow someone to take advantage of your time.