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Wage and Hour Violations Archives

Wage and hour disputes: break and meal period laws

Contrary to a popular perception, under federal law, employers do not have to provide breaks to hourly employees. Instead, employers need only pay for all short "coffee" breaks, those that typically last about 10 or 15 minutes. If they are offered, "lunch" breaks or breaks for other meals need not be paid.

More on "exempt" overtime status and possible abuses

A previous post here discussed new overtime rules, which President Obama initiated, that would have fundamentally changed which Los Angeles residents were exempt from mandatory overtime under federal wage and hour laws. The previous post called for a better explanation of California's wage and overtime laws.

Flailing overtime rules under further review

As a previous post here noted, the former presidential administration finalized a rule that would have expanded overtime benefits to an additional 4 or 5 million workers, both in California and around the rest of the country. Now, these rules are under reconsideration by the Trump Administration, and the Department of Labor is inviting additional comments from the public on the rules.

Workers are protected in circumstances of unpaid overtime

Workers who do not receive the overtime pay they have earned can struggle to support themselves and their families. It is important they are familiar with their rights and how to enforce them. Workers who work overtime have a reasonable and understandable expectation that they will be compensated for their efforts and hard work.

McDonald's required to pay unpaid overtime in California

Whether you were just hired or have worked with a company for years, each and every employee are afforded certain rights. Many of these rights relate to the protection from discrimination and harassment; however, employees are also afforded rights regarding wage and work hours.

Workers owed unpaid overtime have legal protections

When an employer has taken unfair and perhaps illegal actions to avoid paying an employee, it can have a significant impact on workers and their families. Detrimental impacts on their livelihoods can create suffering for workers if they are incorrectly classified or are victims of unpaid overtime. When workers put in extra overtime hours at work, they understandably expect to receive overtime pay.

American Airlines faces overtime class action lawsuit

The State of California has enacted laws intended to ensure that all wage-earning employees receive paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a week or 8 hours in a day. A lawsuit has been filed by workers at Los Angeles International Airport against American Airlines alleging numerous violations of these laws.

85 percent of Los Angeles garment factories break wage rules

The Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal statute that was originally a product of the New Deal, sets minimum standards that determine which workers must be paid the federal minimum wage and overtime. A recent study by the United States Department of Labor has found that a large number of garment manufacturers in Southern California are violating these rules by failing to pay the minimum wage or failing to pay for overtime work.

Comparing state and federal wage and hour laws

The right of workers in California to receive paid overtime and other fringe benefits is guaranteed by two laws: the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the California Labor Code. Both laws govern wage and hour disputes between workers and employers, and their provisions are very similar. All workers should be familiar with the basic provisions of each.

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