How do I know if I am entitled to overtime pay?

We get a lot of calls from potential clients about whether or not they are entitled to overtime pay. We also get quite a few calls from potential clients who tell us that their employer will not pay them overtime because it is a condition of their work to put in extra hours or their company does not fall under wage and hour law. More often than not these reasons are contrary of law.

Under California law, an employer has to pay 1.5 times his or her regular wage if the employee works more than 8 hours in a day and after 40 hours worked in a week if the employee is non-exempt. Further, an employer has to pay an employer 2 times his or her regular wage if the employee works more than 12 hours in a day.

Lastly, our firm has received some calls in which the potential client informs us that their employer had them waive overtime. Employees cannot waive overtime! Employers must pay their workers if they work overtime. It is mandatory. For more information, visit our overtime page.