Taking overtime shifts is something employees use to increase their income. They spend almost half a day at work in order for them to receive higher salaries for their monthly bills. Unfortunately, many employers today disregard such issues and refuse to pay their employees for overtime work. Under state overtime pay laws in California, employees who have worked overtime should be paid sufficiently and promptly by their employers.

The following are some of the provisions that California state overtime pay laws provide employees:

  • Employees who work overtime are entitled to receive one and a half of their regular hourly wages. For instance, if the regular wage of an employee is $7.50 per hour that means that his hourly wage for overtime work is $11.25.

  • If an employee works for more than 40 hours a week, the succeeding hours will be considered overtime work. To avoid confusion, employees should take note of their regular and overtime hours. This will also prevent employers from making up false work records.

  • If a worker misses work time, and he requests to make up for it in a certain day during the same week, the employer may provide overtime pay if the employee has worked more than 11 hours on that day. Still, it is the employer's prerogative if he will permit his employees to work make-up time.

  • There are company employees that are exempt from doing overtime work and receiving overtime wages. There are three different types of employees that falls under this category:

Ø Employees with executive positions – These are employees whose work is related to administrative functions. Most of the time, the employee's job requires discretion and judgment.

Ø Learned professionals – These are company employees who have taken prolonged and specialized instruction to gain advanced knowledge in a certain field.

Ø Creative experts – Employees who use talent, imagination, and creativity in doing their jobs. Photographers and painters are some examples of them.

Every employee should know and understand their employee rights. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees should receive regular and overtime wages that are equal to other employees. Employees who have problems regarding their employers should hire an employment law attorney to help them fight for their rights.

Employees work hard to earn a living for their family and themselves. Instead of taking advantage of them, employers should understand their situation and give them the benefits and privileges they rightfully deserve.