What are the labor and overtime laws in califonia

Asked over 1 year ago - Murrieta, CA

i was told that if you work more than 40 hours a week a business is required to pay you overtime. but according to the company i work for, because our pay period is every 2 weeks, that they only have to pay overtime if you work over 80 hours for the combined 2 weeks. is that true?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Craig Trent Byrnes


    Contributor Level 15


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . No. That's not true. If you are a non-exempt employee, you are owed overtime anytime you work more than 8 hours in a day, or more than 40 hours in a week, regardless of when you are paid.

    Craig T. Byrnes

    Disclaimer: Please be aware that I am not offering legal advice, nor forming an attorney-client relationship with... more
  2. Neil Pedersen

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . No, your employer is either confused or not telling you the truth. Every employer is required to establish a work week, and within that work week, if you work more than 8 hours in any one day, or more than 40 hours in that work week, you are entitled to overtime.

    Good luck to you.

    This answer should not be construed to create any attorney-client relationship. Such a relationship can be formed... more
  3. Edgar Beltran Diaz

    Contributor Level 9

    Answered . Anything over 8 hours per day is overtime as is anything over 40 hours per week. They also have to give you :30 minutes of uninterrupted lunch periods every 4 hours and a ten minute break every two hours. If this is not your employers policy then he is breaking the law against all his non exempt employees. The company would be liable for unpaid overtime and a host of other penalties. Consult an attorney.

    Edgar Diaz Esq.
    Tel: 626-926-1616

    This advice does not create an attorney client relationship and should only be used for informational purposes.

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

31,906 answers this week

3,306 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

31,906 answers this week

3,306 attorneys answering