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Hour disputes are common in California employment law and can affect employees across various industries. These disputes can arise from various issues, including misclassification of employees, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, and denial of overtime pay. Here are the most common issues in hour disputes for employees:

Misclassification of employees

Employers may classify employees as exempt from overtime pay when they should be non-exempt, meaning they should receive overtime pay for any hours worked that exceed 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. If you suspect you have been misclassified, reviewing your job duties and responsibilities is important to determine if you are exempt or non-exempt. 

Failure to provide meal and rest breaks

California employers have to provide employees with meal and rest breaks depending on the length of their shift. You might be able to receive compensation if your employer has denied you the required breaks. Employers can face legal liability for failing to provide meal and rest breaks, so keeping track of your break times and reporting any violations to your supervisor or HR department is important.

Overtime pay

If you have worked more than eight hours per day or 40 hours per week and have not received overtime pay, you may have a claim for back pay. Employers may attempt to avoid paying overtime by classifying employees as exempt or requiring employees to work off the clock. However, California law requires employers to pay overtime for any hours worked over the threshold, so tracking your hours worked and reporting any violations is important.

Accurate record-keeping

Employers should keep accurate records of all hours worked, including meal and rest breaks and overtime pay. If your employer keeps accurate records, proving your claim in a dispute can be easy. As an employee, keeping your records of hours worked breaks taken, and any other compensable time is important to ensure that you are properly compensated.

In conclusion, hour disputes are common in California employment law and can seriously affect employees. By understanding your legal rights and keeping accurate records, you can protect yourself from disputes and ensure that you are properly compensated for all hours worked. Consider consulting with us to discuss your options in case your employer has violated California employment laws.