Every employee should know what his or her employment rights are and what is required of them under their employer’s work contracts. All employees have basic rights in the workplace, including the right to privacy, fair compensation, and freedom from discrimination. You deserve to be treated fairly and compensated for your time and accomplishments. Contact JML Law in Los Angeles if you feel you have been taken advantage of by your employer. Let our legal team advise you of your rights and what to do next.
Basics you should
- Minimum wage in California in 2018 is $10.50/hr (25 or fewer employees) and $11/hr (more than 25 employees)
- 2018 IRS mileage rate is 54.5 cents/mile
- As an employee, you are not allowed to work more than 12 hoursa day unless essential to the life of the community, national defense or security.
- After 7 consecutive workdays in the same week, the employer must pay the employee overtime for the first 8 hours worked and double time after 8 hours on the 7th day.
- Federal law requires employers to pay employees overtime of at least 1.5 times their regular pay for every hour worked in excess of 40 hours in one workweek, regardless of whether they work 24-hour shifts or shorter shifts.
- All adult workers are entitled to one day off a week.
- Adult workers are entitled to a rest break of 20 minutes if you have to work more than six hours at a time. This break doesn’t have to be paid, it depends on your employment contract.
- If you quit without notice, then the employer must have your paycheck ready within 72 hours after your last day of work.
- The employer cannot attach any strings (must sign papers, turn in uniform, or keys etc.) to your last check.
What this means for me
If you quit your job with or without notice, are fired, or suspended, you should be paid for all work accomplished while still employed and for any PTO accumulated. Your employer can not keep your pay from you nor hold it over your head as an incentive to do what they want you to. Do not be taken advantage of by your employer, know your rights. In accordance with Federal law and California’s hour and wage laws, employers can require you to work overtime when needed. If you refuse to work overtime when asked to do so by your employer, you may be fired or disciplined. However, there are limits set for how many hours of overtime that your employer can require you to work and for how long.
If your employer is :
- Asking you to meet illegal and impossible demands of overtime
- Not compensating you for working holidays
- Not allowing you adequate breaks
- Is withholding your paychecks
Contact JML Law at 818-610-8800 or visit our website at www.jmllaw.com for a free consultation. Let our Long Beach employment law experts make sure you are treated fairly and are legally compensated.
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