In california, is the State ( state employes) exempt from wage/hour law or payroll?

Asked 10 months ago - Sacramento, CA

someone i know has not made probation in a State of CA position wnere he was terminated eff 11/7/2013. The last time he worked was 10/26/13 but the State put him om paid admin leave from 10/27 to 11/7/2013. His payday regularly is 10/30, yet he received an overnight package sent to him with a 2000 payroll advance with no explanation. I am a former CPP and can't figure out why he should not have been paid his regular salary for October , remember his last day worked was not his separation date, and he is Union protected. Please advise is the state has special rights to exercise over ours in these matters

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  1. Jonathan Aaron Weinman

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    Answered . First, the person who is the state employee should pose the question in case there are additional facts that you are unaware of. Second, that individual should consult with the union about any potential claim. Finally, the state is generally not exempt from wage and hour laws but more facts need o be known.

  2. Michael Robert Kirschbaum

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    Answered . The State does adhere to most California labor laws but there are exceptions. However, most State employees belong to unions or associations which have bargained for terms which may vary from state laws. Your friend may be subject to one of these variances. He or she needs to conduct a further inquiry, first with the union representative and if he or she cannot get an acceptable answer, then through a human resource manager. It could simply be an error. Errors have been known to happen with State agencies.

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  3. Neil Pedersen

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    Answered . Far more would need to be known, but because he is a union employee, his absolute best first step is to go to the union to get an explanation, and if an mistake has been made, or employer misconduct has occurred, he should start with the union. Good luck to you and to your friend.

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