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What are California’s unique overtime rules?

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in Compensation and Benefits,Employment Law,Human Resources

Is overtime pay due for long days even if workweek doesn’t exceed 40 hours?

Q. Do I have to pay overtime to an employee who works more than eight hours a day but less than 40 hours of work per week?

A. California wage-and-hour law tends to be more protective of employees than other states’ laws or the laws of the federal government.

Unlike federal law, which only entitles employees to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours per week, California requires that employees receive overtime pay at one and a half times the regular rate of pay if they work more than eight hours in a workday. That applies even if the employee does not work more than 40 hours in the workweek.

Note that California law also requires employers to pay overtime at a rate of one and a half times the regular rate of pay if an employee works more than 40 hours in a workweek or works a seventh day in a row in a workweek.

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