Law Offices of Allan A. Sigel, P.C.
No Recovery, No Fee. Call Now
Local: 310-597-4786
Toll Free: 800-651-0702
Meeting Our Clients' Diverse Legal Needs for Over 45 Years

What kind of wage and hour violations occur during the holidays?

California employees are granted many protections from improper payment and labor activities by their employer. These protections provide them with adequate wages and ensure that they are compensated accordingly when they work more than the standard amount of hours. Situations may arise throughout the year, however, that make it difficult for Californian employers to abide by these protections at all times.

During the holidays, many manufacturers and retailers need their current employees to work more hours. As a result, these employees will often work overtime, requiring the company to pay extra wages. Failure to plan for these charges could impact productivity, while a failure to pay would expose the company to wage and hour violations.

Companies that allow their employees to work remote may see an increase in this activity during inclement weather. This could lead to time keeping issues with tracking software or employee accuracy. Other issues may arise concerning holiday bonuses and administering exempt employees appropriately.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governs wage and hour practices for employers. This law provides rules regarding unpaid overtime, minimum wage, recordkeeping and payment activities. These regulations apply to employers in both the public and private sectors.

Under this act, the standard work week has been established as 40 hours. Any time worked over 40 ours by a non-exempt employee invokes the need for overtime pay. As described above, employers that require additional labor during the holiday season need to plan for this contingency, so they pay their employees accordingly. Additionally, inaccurate timekeeping by employees or working overtime while informing their employer that they will not pursue overtime pay can expose employers to liability and violations of law.

Employers must be in compliance with the FLSA to avoid fines and other penalties associated with violations. The holiday season creates unique work hours and the increased potential for violation to occur. Therefore, employers must be even more cognizant of the act to keep themselves compliant and compensating their employees appropriately.

Source:, "5 wage and hour warnings for employers this holiday season," accessed on Dec. 11, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Standing Up For Employees And Consumers In California

Contact us now to schedule a consultation.

No Recovery, No Fee.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Law Offices of Allan A. Sigel, P.C.

Law Offices of Allan A. Sigel, P.C.
1125 Gayley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Toll Free: 800-651-0702
Phone: 310-597-4786
Fax: 310-208-7271
Los Angeles Law Office Map

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated | LexisNexis | Martindale-Hubbell | For Ethical Standard and Legal Ability 2010
  • BBB Accredited Business