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What Could My Unpaid Wages Claim Be Worth?

If your employer failed to pay you overtime or other wages to which you are entitled, you may be able to file a claim to recover the money you are owed. You could also be entitled to additional forms of compensation that are meant to punish your employer for breaking wage laws. If you would […]

Can Employers in California Require Employees to Work Overtime Hours?

California employees who work more than 40 hours in a single week or more than six days in a row must receive overtime pay. Working overtime hours is often up to the employee, but sometimes employers require their employees to work overtime. Employers may mandate overtime due to ongoing worker shortages. When they do this, […]

What Happens When State and Federal Labor Laws Differ?

Due to the Supremacy Clause in Article VI of the Constitution, federal law can supersede state laws. However, the tenth amendment of the Constitution also gives some power back to the states to govern themselves. This means that there is often a balancing act between how state and federal laws interact with each other. When […]

Myths Employees May Believe About Overtime Laws

Employees are often unsure of their rights under state and federal overtime laws. They might know some basic things about overtime pay, but they still believe myths about overtime exemptions and violations of overtime laws. We have compiled a list of misconceptions about overtime laws and explain why these ideas are wrong. It is vital […]

Am I Eligible for Overtime Pay as a Tipped Employee in California?

If you work in the service industry and regularly receive tips from patrons, you are most likely still eligible for overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours in a workweek or over eight hours in a day. Do not let your employer fool you into thinking you are exempt from overtime pay simply […]

What Accommodations Are Employers Required to Provide for Breastfeeding Mothers?

Women who return to the workplace while still nursing are eligible for certain accommodations in the workplace under federal and state law, including having adequate space for pumping. If your workplace is not providing these accommodations, you may be able to file a claim against your employer. Let our experienced Sacramento hour and wage attorneys […]

Are Work-From-Home Employees Eligible For Overtime Pay?

As remote work becomes more prominent throughout the U.S., both employers and employees have been on a learning curve with employment law. For example, employers may have questions about overtime pay for remote employees. If you are a non-exempt, hourly employee, you have the right to be paid for every hour worked, whether those hours […]

Can My Employer Give Me Paid Time Off In Lieu of Overtime Wages?

Both federal and California law state that employees who work more than 40 hours in a week, or six days within a workweek, are entitled to receive overtime compensation. In some workplaces in California, that compensation may be overtime wages or compensatory time off. If you believe you are being denied overtime compensation by your […]

What to Know About Overtime Exemptions for Managers

When an employee has the word “manager” or “supervisor” in his or her title, the company he or she works for may try to make the person work longer hours without overtime pay. The company will likely use the excuse that as a manager the employee is exempt from overtime pay. However, this may not […]

You Have the Right to Be Paid for All Hours That You Work

State and federal law require that an employer pay you for all the hours you work. Most people are paid by the hour. Your employer cannot require you to do work but not pay you the hourly wage. That means the employer cannot require you to work from home to be a team player and […]

California Passes New Workplace Laws

This October, Governor Newsom signed a plethora of bills into law. Among these were several new laws that affect the health and safety of working Californians and create a more just workplace. The legislature passed — and the governor signed — bills pertaining to arbitration, COVID-19 in the workplace, discrimination, recordkeeping, and parental and family […]

Governor Newsom Signs New Worker Protections into Law

The California legislative session wrapped up this October with Governor Newsom signing 770 bills into law. Among these were several new laws that expand worker protections and ensure that employers are compensating their employees fairly. California already has the strongest worker protections in the country. The state relies on attorneys — like our Wage and […]