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An overview of California’s child labor laws

If you live and work in California, your employer must adhere to the state’s wage and hour laws, and if you have a child in the state’s workforce, their employer, too, must follow laws regarding the employment of minors. At the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton, we have a firm understanding of California’s child labor laws, and we have helped many families whose children were taken advantage of by their employers seek recourse.

When must overtime be paid?

If you are a California worker, your overtime wages must be paid at the same time as your regular wages. In most cases, this is at least twice during each calendar month. The California Department of Industrial Relations says that many employers choose to pay their workers semi-monthly. If this is the payment schedule your employer chooses, the wages for work you perform between the first and 15th day of a month must be paid by the 26th of that month. Wages for work you perform between the 15th and ending day of a month must be paid by the 10th of the following month.

What is a waiting time penalty?

When you leave your job in California, it is with the understanding that you will receive compensation for the last hours you put in. There may be times, though, when you do not receive your full wages for these hours. In these cases, your company may be subject to a waiting time penalty.

What breaks am I entitled to at work?

Whether you have recently started a new job in California or you have been at the same place of employment for many years, the policies concerning breaks can still be unclear and confusing. Sometimes, your employer may be to blame, but other times the problem may simply be a miscommunication. The State of California Department of Industrial Relations has detailed exactly what you need to know about work breaks in order to ensure you are following the law and being given all the time off that you deserve.

Company abuses raise questions about independent contractors

Truckers in California face challenges in the industry that go beyond the typical 14-hour workdays and irregular schedules. After a yearlong investigation, USA TODAY recently published an article in which it outlined abuses in California’s port trucking industry. Among the ways port trucking companies have attempted to justify these abuses is to lure unsophisticated and undereducated drivers into contracts whereby the drivers are treated as independent contractors.

What is California’s minimum wage?

While you may think that minimum wage requirements are simple and straightforward, the truth is that the lowest amount you should be paid can depend on a variety of factors. Minimum-wage.org details exactly what you need to know to determine if you are being paid the correct amount at your job in California.

What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?

Understanding your rights as an employee is an important part of ensuring that you are treated with the respect and fairness to which you are entitled. The Fair Labor Standards Act was created to give all employees equal rights and opportunities, yet many workers in California still do not understand what the law covers. Here is everything you need to know about the FLSA and how it affects your position.

What happens if you've been denied overtime payment?

As a worker in California, you have certain overtime rights. This is true even if you're a salaried employee, which many people may not know. There are laws that dictate how overtime works in any particular state or job, and knowing how they apply to your situation can help you from losing out on overtime payment.

What protections do working minors in California have?

All residents of California who are under 18 years of age are legally considered minors. As such, they have protections under the state labor laws, which are designed to help ensure that underage workers like you don't get taken advantage of.

Google claims to have ended unequal pay worldwide. Has it really?

Tuesday, April 4, was Equal Pay Day here in the U.S. -- the day on which the average female American worker has finally earned the amount the average male worker made in 2016. This year, in other words, the earnings from 94 days in 2017 would be required for the average U.S. woman to earn what it only took 2016 for a man to make.

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