3 Overtime Rules and Regulations You Should Know About

3 Overtime Rules and Regulations You Should Know About

Overtime can be incredibly helpful around the holidays or in a financial pinch. However, if not handled correctly by ethical employers, overtime can become a dangerous practice. You can protect yourself at work by learning specific overtime rules and regulations. This is especially helpful for part-time employees, where overtime rules and regulations may feel a bit more skewed. These are the key rules and regulations that you should be familiarized with.

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Daily And Weekly Overtime Regulations in CA

California has notoriously specific labor laws. This is especially true for daily and weekly overtime regulations. In California, all nonexempt employees are owed daily and weekly overtime pay unless there is an exception involved in specific scenarios. Daily, overtime is considered a shift in which an employee works more than 12 hours.

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Pay For Overtime Must Be More Than Average

Overtime pay must be 1.5 times more than regular pay. Naturally, one of the benefits of overtime pay is that employees can take home more than they typically would during regular shifts. Competitive employers sometimes put in overtime pay clauses that exceed that minimum, but it’s more common to see the 1.5 number in practice.

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Age Restrictions

Minors under age 16 have limitations regarding the number of hours they can work per workweek. However, once they turn 16, that limit is lifted. In the Industrial Era, America faced issues with child labor, making it a core issue in American values. These labor laws are in place to protect children who wish to work while they complete their education.

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Unfortunately, employees only get overtime pay on holidays or weekends if they worked overtime on those days. It is a common misconception that simply showing up to work on weekends or holidays will get you overtime. This is, sadly, not the case! However, it’s not uncommon for employees, especially those in retail settings, to work overtime during busy periods like weekends or holidays.

Generally, it’s easy to comply with overtime laws and regulations. These laws are in place to protect you against immoral and illegal practices. Previously, overtime was harder to regulate when businesses were smaller. Now, major corporations are responsible for the employment of millions of Americans. If you feel your employer has breached California’s overtime laws, please contact James Hawkins APLC today.

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