California Law on When Employees Must Be Paid

California Labor Code § 204 requires most employees to be paid at least two times a month on dates that are designated in advance by the employer as paydays. The payday for work performed between the 1st and the 15th of the month must be set between the 16th and the 26th of the month. The payday for work performed between the 16th and the last day of the month must be set between the 1st and the 10th of following month. Employees who are paid every week must be paid no more than seven days after the end of each pay period.

For employees classified as “exempt,” such as executive, administrative and professional employees, these employees must be paid at least once per month.

However, overtime wages do not need to be paid until the pay period following the period during which the overtime wages were earned.

Employers that violate these provisions are guilty of a misdemeanor and are subject to fines that start at $100.00 per employee and vary with the number of times the employer commits the violation. Fines for intentional violations start at $200.00.

Read more

gender discrimination lawyer

Can California Employees Be Legally Fired For Not Conforming to Gender Stereotypes?

Your employer cannot fire you because they believe you do not fit within what they consider to be an acceptable stereotype. However, that does not necessarily stop employers. According to the National…

READ ARTICLE
wrongful termination attorney

Nurse Sues Hospital For Wrongful Termination After Complaining About COVID-19 Safety

A registered nurse filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his employer, saying he was fired last spring after expressing concerns about the hospital’s neglect of COVID-19 safety protocols. Firing an employee in…

READ ARTICLE
unpaid overtime lawyer

Wage Lawsuit Accuses Mortgage Company Of Unlawful Pay Practices

A common myth is that all commissioned employees can work unlimited hours without being paid overtime. While employees may not fully understand when they are entitled to overtime, sometimes employers themselves are…

READ ARTICLE
racial discrimination lawyer

San Francisco Transit Worker Claims Racial Harassment by Purported KKK Members

An Afro-Mexican man alleged that three of his coworkers on a San Francisco transit job site harassed him and refused to work with non-white employees. He was fired after complaining to his…

READ ARTICLE
SEEN ON
Fox40-bw
KPIX-bw
SFGate-bw
marin-ij
Abc10-bw