What You Need To Know

Discover your rights and protections regarding wages, overtime, and employee classification. If you've faced unpaid overtime or workplace violations, contact Josephson Dunlap for expert representation and guidance.

Unravel the complexities of labor regulations and ensure fair treatment in your workplace.


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California Minimum Wage Laws

California’s minimum wage is $16/hour, including for tipped employees. Tips are the employee’s property, and credit card tips must be paid by the next payday. Employers can implement tip pooling but only under certain circumstances.

30 Minutes

Per 5 Hours

In California, employers must provide a 30-minute meal break for shifts over 5 hours, paid if the employee is not relieved of duties. Waivers are possible for shifts under 6 hours. Employees also receive a 10-minute rest break every four hours, with payment if denied.

2 Years

Filing Claims

California’s Statute of Limitations for overtime claims aligns with the Fair Labor Standards Act, requiring lawsuits for unpaid back overtime wages to be filed within two years of the employer’s violation. This means that a lawsuit filed today can only seek back overtime pay for the previous 2 (or sometimes 3) years.


California Overtime Laws

The FLSA mandates employers to pay overtime at one and a half times the regular rate for hours exceeding 40 per week, unless the employee is exempt. Additionally, some employees (e.g., some salaried workers) are exempt from overtime.


In California

In California, employers must reimburse employees for expenses or losses incurred while performing job duties or following employer instructions. This includes costs like personal cell phone or vehicle use. The law aims to ensure that employers bear business costs, not employees.