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Are you improperly classified as an independent contractor?

Many people think that earning an income works by getting a job, becoming an employee and earning a wage. However, that type of scenario does not apply to every situation. Some people choose to work as independent contractors and some employers insist that certain of their workers provide their labor as independent contractors.

Can my boss deduct the cost of uniforms from my paycheck?

It is understandable that your employer wants to find ways to save money. After all, any waste comes out of its profits. Your boss likely has protocol in place for inventory and may purchase generic office supplies or buy in bulk. Unfortunately, such a frugal manager may also be reluctant to allow you to work beyond your 40 hours because that would mean paying you overtime.

Are you working off the clock?

Whether you punch a clock, log in on a computer or complete a time sheet, your time is valuable. You know that an extra minute can mean the difference between gaining or losing a quarter-hour of pay. You may also know that logging more than 40 hours a week means you will receive extra pay for overtime.

Are you having a wage and hour problem at work?

Federal law requires employers to pay their hourly workers at least $7.25 per hour. Most states, including California have their own minimum wages set, with this state being at the high end of the scale at $11.00 per hour. Before you obtain gainful employment in this or any other state, you'll likely want to research current wage and hour laws.  

Has your employer violated your rights when it comes to breaks?

Because working long hours can take a considerable toll on anyone, you certainly appreciate a break now and then. However, you may sometimes feel as if you do not have the ability to take breaks due to the fast-paced nature of your job or due to discouragement from your employer. If you feel uncertain about your ability to take a moment to catch your breath while on the job, you may have an interest in this area of employment law.

Deciding to join a wage and hour class action lawsuit

As a California worker, you have certain rights. Federal and California laws entitle many employees to overtime pay and also prohibit certain unfair labor practices such as "working off the clock". If you find yourself in this situation, you could have various legal options available to you. In some cases, you may have grounds to join in a wage and hour class action lawsuit.

Amazon's holiday employment woes

Amazon is under fire again, on the heels of the end-of-year holiday rush. Hundreds of packages need delivering and to fulfill the orders that pour in from Cyber Monday on, Amazon contracts delivery services with UPS, FedEx, the US postal service and local couriers. Where Amazon is catching heat is through its work with courier services.

'Tis the season for retail wage violations

This time of year, retailers hire seasonal and temporary workers to help with the holiday rushes. The holidays are the time of year that can either make or break a company for the year. Holiday workers assist retailers with the increase in consumer traffic and boost the company's overall bottom line. Seasonal workers, such as yourself or someone you know, are entitled to receive proper compensation regardless of the temporary nature of their work.

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