As a worker employed in California, you have rights when it comes to the hours you work and the wages you are paid. However, some employers may try to “cheat the system” and get around giving you what you are owed. Today, we at the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton will examine how being paid a salary can actually work against you.
When California workers suspect their employer has violated their rights concerning wages and hours, they may think there is not much they can do. However, people can usually file a complaint to remedy the situation. Before doing this, it is important to understand the guidelines.
Californian residents like you who are working in the state have several laws in place to protect you. Unfortunately, there will always be employers who try to bend or outright break these laws. The Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton is dedicated to helping you protect yourself from such people, or regain compensation for harms you may have already faced.
When you make your living working in California, it is important that your employer classify you appropriately with regard to whether you are an actual employee or an independent contractor. The way your employer classifies you will have a considerable effect on your paycheck and the manner in which you pay taxes, so it is essential that you have the correct classification so you can make sure to cover all your bases.
If you are a new mother in California and you are breastfeeding, it is hard enough to leave your baby to go to work, but what happens at work when you need to nurse? Both state and federal laws require that employers not only allow nursing moms the breaks necessary to pump but also a private space to do so.
Employers and employees in California and across the United States know the importance of paying people fairly, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Despite the laws that are in place to protect employees and ensure they are paid a fair wage, receive breaks and get paid overtime, a number of employers continue to violate these standards. When employers do not follow the laws that are put in place, they may end up paying a hefty fine as a result of their noncompliance.
California employees are entitled to certain benefits, including a minimum wage that is higher than the federal rate, rest and meal breaks and paid overtime for more than eight hours of consecutive work. There are some employers, however, that may try to take advantage of employees by violating work and hour laws set by the Fair Labor Standards Act. By becoming more familiar with the methods employers use to deviate from the set laws, you can minimize your chances of becoming a victim.
Here at the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton in California, we represent numerous workers whose employers have committed wage and/or hour violations against them, depriving them of money they rightfully earned. Some of the protections we like to advise our clients of are those provided by the California Fair Pay Act.
Are you getting routine rest and meal breaks at work? Although federal law does not require employers to give work breaks, employers in California are required to give work breaks and rest periods to certain employees in accordance with the Industrial Welfare Commission Orders. Under this order, employers must offer a paid 10-minute rest period for every four hours worked. This does not, however, pertain to employees who only work three and a half hours. As a worker in the state of California, you are entitled to certain benefits, even if you are not a full-time employee.
You try to be a good person and extend some patience to your employer when he or she is late on paychecks — or even gets something wrong in the payroll accounting. It is a fact of doing business in California that people make mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes are honest. Other times, that may not be the case.