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Employment law addresses wages and benefits

Job benefits and wages are among the most critical work-related concerns for today's workers. Both California and federal employment laws govern how wages are paid to employees. Here is a look at what the law says about fair pay for employees.

State and federal laws provide information on the minimum wage that all workers should receive, as well as when overtime pay is required for those who work longer hours. However, sometimes employers do not follow these legal requirements. Common employment wage law violations include failing to pay the right minimum wage, or failing to pay overtime.

Other violations include paying workers the lower youth minimum wage or training wage when they are legally entitled to more. The improper classification of exempt employees is yet another mistake that some employers make. In addition, companies are prohibited from requiring workers to work when they are not clocked in and then refusing to pay them for this work. It is also illegal for employers to deduct too much money for tips or to deduct for any wages paid in meals, for example.

The employment laws that govern wages and hours worked are designed to protect workers, ensuring that employers are fair in their dealings with them. Unfortunately, sometimes, employers do not abide by the law, either intentionally or unintentionally. In these situations, workers who are negatively impacted have the right to seek to hold their employers accountable through the civil court system. An understanding of what facts must be proved will likely be critical to succeed in this type of case in California.

Source:, "Wages & Benefits: Overview", Accessed on May 23, 2018

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