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Overtime payment requirements in California

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If you work in California, you know you have the responsibility to perform their job duties as expected. In return, you should always be able to trust that your employer will provide you with a safe workplace and the tools to perform your job.

Another expectation you should have is that you employer should provide fair compensation for all of the time you work. In some cases, this may include the payment of overtime wages.

Overtime and authorizations

As explained by the California Department of Industrial Relations, you may need to request authorization from your employer or ensure your employer is aware before working any hours that may be classified as overtime. Even if you fail to request preauthorization for overtime and you work those hours, your employer must pay you for your time.

When overtime kick in

Overtime payment may be required if you work beyond a certain number of hours in a day or beyond a certain number of days in a week. For any time you spend working after the first eight hours in one days, you may earn overtime pay. The overtime rate would be time-and-a-half for the first four hours of overtime and double time thereafter.

For any time you work at all on a seventh working day in a single work week, you may earn time-and-a-half for the first eight hours and double time thereafter.

More information about employee wages and concerns regarding potential violations of the state’s wage and hour laws may be found on the compensation page of our California employment law website.