4 Important Labor Laws in California You May Not Know About

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4 Important Labor Laws in California You May Not Know About

If you're a California-based employee, it's important to be aware of the state's labor laws. These laws protect employees from mistreatment and help ensure that employees are compensated fairly for their time. In this blog post from the Law Office of James Hawkins APLC in Orange County, we will discuss four important labor laws in California that all employees should know about. Read on to learn more.

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Meal & Break Laws

In California, employees are entitled to take 20-minute meal breaks if they work more than five hours in a day. Employees are also entitled to two 10-minute rest periods for every four hours worked. These laws exist to ensure that employees have the opportunity to take breaks during their shift and are not working excessive hours without a break.

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Overtime Laws

California law requires that employees be paid overtime for all hours worked over eight in a day or 40 hours in a week. Overtime must be paid at a rate of one and a half times the employee's regular hourly rate. Employees who work more than 12 hours in a day or more than eight hours on a seventh consecutive day must be paid double their regular hourly rate for all overtime hours worked.

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Minimum Wage Laws

The current minimum wage in California is $15 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $14 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. Employees who are paid less than the minimum wage may be entitled to back pay and other damages.

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Paid Sick Leave Laws

In California, all employees are entitled to accrue paid sick leave at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked. Employees may use their accrued sick leave for their own illness or injury, or to care for a family member who is ill or injured. Employers may not retaliate against employees who use their accrued sick leave.

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If you have any questions about these or other labor laws in California, contact an experienced employment law attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options under the law and can assist you if you believe that your rights have been violated. The Law Office of James Hawkins APLC is a full-service employment law firm that represents employees throughout Orange County, California. Contact us to learn more.

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