Wage and Hour
The Los Angeles wage and hour lawyers at Lim Law Group, P.C. fight hard for California employees who have been unfairly paid by their employers. The wage and hour attorneys at Lim Law Group handle a full range of wage and hour claims on behalf of individuals and class actions against small businesses and big corporations and seek full reimbursement for our clients. California law requires that employers protect their employees in matters involving wage and hour, overtime, meal and rest breaks, and other related areas. Employers must treat their employees fairly and at all times must provide a lawful wage. Failure to do so will result in heavy fines and penalties, as well as other damages, including reimbursement of all unpaid wages, attorneys’ fees for bringing such claims, and costs. The wage and hour attorneys at Lim Law Group will fight to get you paid.California Minimum wage and Overtime Pay
In California, as of January 1, 2016, the minimum wage is currently set at $10 per hour. Employees are also entitled to overtime pay of 1.5 times their regular hourly pay if they work more than eight hours per day or 40 hours per week. Moreover, if an employee works more 12 hours in a day, that employee is entitled to receive double pay. In a given workweek, if an employee works on the seventh consecutive day, that employee must receive time and a half for the first eight hours of work, and double pay for any additional hour worked on that day.California Meal and Rest Breaks
Employees are also entitled to meal and rest breaks and employers must relieve employee of all duties during such meal and rest breaks. For meal breaks, employers must provide an opportunity for employees to take a 30 minute unpaid break after five hours of work, except when the employee’s workday is limited to six hours or less, and both the employee and employer agree to waive the meal break. Additionally, an employee must receive a second 30 minute meal break when he/she works more than 10 hours a day, unless when a given workday is no more than 12 hours and both the employee and employer agree to waive the second meal break provided that the first meal break was not waived. If the nature of the work prevents an employee from taking an uninterrupted, off-duty meal break, that employee can take an on-duty paid meal period if the parties agree in writing to do so. Employees are also entitled to receive a 10 minute paid rest break for each four hours worked (or a majority fraction thereof) or two 10 minute breaks in an eight hour shift. However, if an employee’s total work day is less than three-and-a half hours, employers are not required to provide such rest break. If employers fail to provide employees the opportunity to take such uninterrupted meal and rest breaks, the employers may be subject to penalties of one additional hour of wage for each break (limited to two hours of wages) that was not provided per California labor law.
If you believe you have not been provided the legally required minimum wage, overtime, and/or meal and rest breaks, contact the Los Angeles Wage and Hour Lawyers at Lim Law Group, P.C. for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to full reimbursement of hours that you were not paid, and breaks that you were not given. Such claims come with high civil penalties for employers which increases your damages, as well as reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs.