When you're on the job, you should be paid for every second that you're working. There is no such thing as a "free lunch," for you or your employer, so there's no reason not to get paid when you work.
California has a large population of undocumented immigrants who -- in spite of their lack of work visas -- do have certain inalienable employment rights. If you or your loved one is an undocumented worker in the United States, here are two of your most important employment rights:
California wage earners -- whether they are hourly or salaried -- have the right to receive overtime pay. If you work a certain amount of extra time within a certain period, you should be able to receive a higher rate of pay for the extra hours you worked.
Employment laws protect employees and ensure fairness in the workplace. Your boss may be in charge, but that doesn't mean he or she has free reign.
Employees who work more than 40 hours in a single work week are entitled to overtime pay. There isn't any room for negotiation or discussion on this point when it comes to people who are paid hourly. Some employers will try to claim that employees who are due overtime shouldn't be paid those wages because the overtime wasn't authorized. This simply isn't the case.
You don't stay late at work or come in on your days off so that you can earn the same amount as you earn for the first 40 hours of the workweek. Unfortunately, some employers try to make you work those additional hours without being willing to take care of you. If you have worked overtime, you deserve to be paid for that overtime.
Overtime pay is the reward for men and women who work hours over what is considered normal for our country's workforce. Unfortunately, some employers try to skirt around having to pay these wages since it is more expensive than the regular hourly rate. We understand that you probably wouldn't have worked overtime if you knew your employer wouldn't pay.
Workers in California who are paid hourly have specific protections when it comes to being required to working overtime. Some employees might not realize the specifics of these protections.
The popular television program "Fashion Police" is facing trouble now that its writers are claiming serious violations of California's wage and hour laws. Writers on the E! Network program say they have been underpaid by approximately $1.5 million.
Employers in Los Angeles have a right to hold employees accountable for doing their work and job duties. But employers also have an obligation to make sure that they hold themselves accountable for compensating their employees properly for their hard work.