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.
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 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.
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.
A Los Angeles apparel company that makes women's garments is being fined by the California Labor Commissioner for failing to pay overtime wages to 110 of its employees. The state's Department of Industrial Relations announced April 11 that the company is required to pay $113,785 in unpaid overtime wages, along with $61,450 in penalties for failing to pay the overtime and additional penalties of $307,250 for improperly itemized statements. The apparel company in question pays its employees by the piece. Per law, manufacturers are required to provide employees with accurate itemized statements showing how many hours were worked. If manufacturers pay by the piece, they are also obligated to list the number of items made and how much employees were paid per item. The labor commissioner believes that the company was attempting to circumvent labor laws that require companies to pay employees overtime by paying employees by the item and not letting them know how many hours they had worked.
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.
As we have mentioned before on our Los Angeles / Long Beach employment law blog, employers who fail to properly compensate employees for their work and employers who fail to give employees proper breaks to rest and eat are committing serious workplace violations.
Last week on our Los Angeles / Long Beach employment law blog, we had mentioned that restaurant workers in California had finally recovered compensation that was owed to them for hours worked. Their employers violated many wage and hour laws, including failing to pay workers for all of their hours worked and failing to pay workers overtime wages. Unfortunately, these illegal practices are all too common in the restaurant industry.
Employment law can be somewhat complicated, but one easy maxim to remember is this: If you worked the hours, your employer must pay you for them.