During the holidays, many companies increase their staff size to handle the influx of additional customers or seasonal needs. For those employed in Southern California, understanding the rules applicable to overtime pay can help make a big difference when it comes to their paycheck. Let’s take a look at the basics of overtime pay in California.

How Does Overtime Work During Holidays?

In short – the same as any other time of the year! Generally speaking, in California, employers must pay one and a half times an employee’s “regular rate” if he or she works more than 40 hours per week or more than 8 hours per day; and double the “regular rate” for work in excess of 12 hours per day. Contrary to what some people think, the law applies equally at all times of the year. There is no legal exception for the holiday season, and employers are required to comply with the overtime requirements throughout the year.

Exempt vs Non-Exempt Employees

It is important to recognize that not all employees are entitled to overtime compensation. There are some employees who are exempt. However, whether or not a particular employee exempt from overtime pay does not depend on the time of year, but instead on a variety of other factors, such as, for example, the nature of the work being performed by the employee.

What if I Don’t Receive My Overtime Wages?

Employees who believe they have been denied overtime compensation in Southern California should contact an experienced employment attorney and learn more about whether or not their rights have been violated. The experienced wage and hour attorneys at the Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. will review the case and determine if the seasonal worker’s right to overtime compensation has been violated. If it turns out that the employee’s rights have been violated, our attorneys can chart out the best approach to recovering those unpaid wages. Do not wait until it is too late; contact our office now for more information about how we can help protect employee rights under state and federal labor laws.

Contact Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. To Find Out More

Employees in Southern California who have been denied overtime compensation for overtime work during the holidays are welcomed to contact the Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. to fight for justice. We offer a complimentary case evaluation and contingency fee-based services. Contact us today for more information about how we can help protect employee legal rights when it comes to unpaid wage claims in Southern California.