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Are you entitled to overtime here in California?

While it may be exhausting to think about, most individuals look forward to those busy times on the job in which they may be asked to work more than 40 hours in a week. Workers are often excited about the prospect of being asked to stay on to put in more than full-time hours because they know that it generally means that they’ll get 1.5 times or more than their regular pay. This isn’t the case for everyone though. This is why you must learn what your rights to overtime are.

California law is written to allow most minors that are either 16 or 17-years-old who aren’t attending school and haven’t been barred from becoming legally employed an opportunity to earn overtime pay. Anyone age 18 or older may also qualify for this pay incentive provided that they’re classified as a nonexempt employee.

State employment laws are written to allow any of the above-referenced individuals who work more than eight hours in a single day or over six days during a workweek an opportunity to be paid overtime.

California law requires employers to pay one-and-a-half times a worker’s regular pay for any daily hours that exceed eight and go as high as 12. A company must also compensate their employees at this same rate for the first eight hours that a worker puts in on the seventh day of that same workweek.

State laws are also written where Los Angeles County and other employers statewide must provide double pay for any hours that a worker puts over 12 hours in a single workday. Employers are required to also compensate their workers at double their regular pay rate for any hours over eight on the seventh day within a single workweek.

There are certain classes of workers that are exempt from receiving overtime pay for their work. Those employers in the agricultural field may have an exception to this rule as well. An attorney can help you sort out whether you were indeed entitled to overtime pay for the work that you performed. Your Los Angeles lawyer can advise you of the steps that you need to take in your legal matter if that was indeed the case

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