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Wage and Hour Claims

Employers must ensure that their employees are paid all proper wages. Our employment law attorneys can determine if there has been a violation of California wage and hour laws. 

There are various types of wage and hour claims, including:

  • Unpaid overtime 
  • Unpaid wages
  • Misclassifications of nonexempt employees
  • Misclassification of independent contractors
  • Unpaid vacation or paid time off
  • Meal and rest break violations
  • Off-the-clock work
  • Unreimbursed employee expenses

California Laws Relating to the Time, Manner and Payment of Wages

Overtime Pay Laws

Overtime pay is required for many employees under the California Labor Code and the Federal Labor Standards Act. Employers should ensure that they are properly paying overtime wages for all nonexempt employees.

Exempt or Non-Exempt Employees

Overtime pay violations often take place when employees are incorrectly classified by their employers as exempt employees.  Employers may also incorrectly classify or pay employees as independent contractors, who should instead be paid as normal employees. Another mistake employers often make is to assume that salary employees are automatically exempt employees. This is not true, and not always the case.

In California, a nonexempt employee must receive 1.5 times his or her regular rate of pay for all hours worked over eight hours in any work day, and over 40 hours in the work week.

Our top rated lawyers have the experience and legal expertise to effectively resolve wage and hour claims due to improper classification of their employees.