California Wage and Hour Dispute Attorneys in Long Beach
Our lawyers and staff at the office of Andrea Cook & Associates have been handling wage and hour disputes for over 20 years. We have extensive knowledge of state and federal wage and hour laws that govern the payment of overtime and unpaid wages, plus the designation of meal and rest periods. If you have a wage and hour matter, contact us today to discuss the possibilities for your case.
Meal and Rest Periods
Employers are required by California law to provide an unpaid 30-minute meal period to their employees during the first five hours of each work day, unless the employee works no more than six hours that day and the employee has signed a voluntary written waiver of the meal period. All hourly employees who work more than 10 hours on a given day are entitled to a second unpaid thirty minute meal period unless they have signed a voluntary written waiver of the second meal period.
Failure by an employer to provide these meal periods entitles the employee to extra pay and may subject the employer to certain penalties. Similarly, hourly employees are entitled to take a paid rest period of 10 minutes for each four hours worked or major fraction thereof. Failure by an employer to provide these rest periods entitles the employee to extra pay and may subject the employer to certain penalties.
Overtime / Unpaid Wages
California law is very strict on who can be paid a salary and therefore be exempt from overtime wages. Some employers intentionally misclassify employees as salaried employees to avoid paying them overtime wages. Employers have paid millions of dollars to settle class action lawsuits whereby the employer had improperly classified many of its employees.
Contact a wage and hour claims lawyer by phone or e-mail at the office of Andrea Cook & Associates to discuss your rights and options regarding state and/or federal wage and hour overtime laws. We are committed in our fight for your rights as an employee and stand by clients throughout the entirety of their cases.