Are you receiving the wage and hour benefits you deserve? Should you speak with a wage and hour law attorney? Whether you are employed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, or San Diego, as an employee you are entitled to certain rights, protections, and benefits under California law.
If you believe you are not being treated fairly by your California employer, you can benefit from a free consultation with an experienced wage and hour lawyer at Kingsley & Kingsley Lawyers. We are dedicated to helping workers receive all of the wages and benefits to which they are entitled and deserve. Since 1997, our capable and respected legal team has built a strong track record of successful settlements and verdicts for our clients. We have extensive wage and hour law experience and we have served individuals and families in Los Angeles and throughout California.
Minimum Wage & Overtime Laws
Minimum wages are determined by federal and California law. The wage is based on the number of employees employed at the business. The California Department of Industrial Relations provides a history of how the minimum wage has changed in recent years. For example, in 2018, the minimum wage for workers employed at a company with 26 or more employees was $11.00 an hour. For companies with 25 or fewer employees, it was $10.50 an hour.
On January 1, 2021, the minimum wage was increased to $14.00 an hour for companies with 26 or more employees and $13.00 an hour for companies with 25 or fewer employees. In 2022, the minimum wage is expected to be raised to $14.00/$15.00 an hour for companies based on the number of their employees. In 2023, the statewide minimum wage in California is $15.50 per hour.
Furthermore, the federal government as well as California law limit the number of hours you can work in a week before you are owed overtime pay. In California, after 40 hours, overtime pay kicks in at one and a half times your standard pay rate. California also requires employers to provide meal breaks and rest periods for workers.
Meal & Rest Break Laws
Under California labor laws, your employer must allow you to take a 30-minute meal break and provide 10-minute rest breaks for every four hours you work. Your meal break is unpaid but your rest periods are paid. Your rest break starts when you reach the rest area which must be provided by your employer and which must be a separate space from bathrooms. Please refer to our Meal & Rest page for more detailed information about the laws regarding these employee rights.
Ensuring Workers Are Paid Their Wages
Unfortunately, wage theft is a crisis in our state. A UCLA study documented an approximate $26 million in weekly wages never paid to low-wage earners in Los Angeles County. This wage theft resulted in an average of $2,070 lost on an annual basis for workers.
Examples of wage theft include but are not limited to:
- Paying less than the state-mandated minimum wage
- Not paying overtime after working more than 40 hours in a week
- Not providing for meal or rest breaks
- Having employees work when they are off the clock
- Not paying for earned sick days or paid time off
- Taking tips from workers who earn them
Various types of job duties that you are expected to perform by your employer should be included in your compensation. These can include tasks you are expected to do before or after clocking in or out, putting on and taking off a required uniform, and doing errands for your employer on your way to or from work, such as picking up needed work supplies. Additionally, if you are scheduled to work and you report in only to be sent home, you are entitled to be paid for half of your shift, ranging from two to four hours depending on the circumstances.
Seek Recourse With Help from a Los Angeles Wage & Hour Attorney
Wage theft results in substantial losses for workers of all kinds in all industries. Whether you are paid hourly, by salary, or through tips or commissions, you should be compensated for the work you perform according to California law. At Kingsley & Kingsley Lawyers, our mission is to fight for employees who have been harmed by violations of the wage and hour laws and all other state and federal employment laws. Using an employment attorney is one of the best steps you can take to help protect your future. If you have been subjected to any type of wage loss, let us help you pursue the justice you deserve.