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Employees should understand their rights under the law

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2018 | Firm News

All employees have specific rights under the law. There are various entities that set these laws, including the federal government and the State of California. While many employers are upstanding and ensure that employees’ rights are being respected, others don’t pay as much attention.

Violations of labor laws can make a workplace unbearable. They can cause employees to suffer. Employees should know their rights so that they can make sure their employer is complying with them.

Hourly pay

Most employees are paid an hourly wage. This must be provided to the employee for every hour worked. In California, 40 hours per week is the limit to how much workers can work at their standard hourly wage. Anything more than that requires the employee to be given overtime pay. This is set by the state at 1.5 times the normal hourly wage.

On top of 40-hour limit for the week, there are other limits that apply, according to the State of California. Any worker who puts in more than eight hours in a shift is eligible for overtime pay at a rate of 1.5 times the normal hourly rate for those excess hours. If you work more than 12 hours per shift, you are eligible for double your standard pay for the work beyond that 12th hour.

Breaks and lunches

Employers must provide employees rest periods if they work at least four consecutive hours. You are entitled to one 10-minute break for every four hours you are at work. You are paid while on this break. If you work more than five hours, you are entitled to a 30-minute lunch break. This break isn’t a paid one. Certain people in the entertainment industry aren’t afforded this break unless they work a minimum of six hours on their shift.

Leave and severance

Employers aren’t required by law to give any employee paid leave or a severance pay. Of course, if these are required by your employment contract, the employer must abide by the terms of the contract. They also must give you unpaid leave in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act in cases that qualify.

When an employee’s rights are violated, legal action mat be prudent. You should take the necessary steps to alert the authorities. This might help you secure benefits you are entitled to according to California employment laws.