Overtime Pay and Alternative Workweek Schedule

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Did you know that you may be due overtime if you are working 4 days per week, 10 hours per day? “How is that possible,” you ask. As you may or may not know already, California requires that employees, unless certain circumstances exist, are to be paid overtime if working more than 8 hours in a single work day. California has adopted what is known as the Alternative Work Schedule (AWS). This is the exception to being paid overtime if you work more than 8 hours per day and 4 days per week. However, for an employer to have a valid Alternative Work Schedule, it must be approved by the California Labor Board, also know as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).

The California Labor Board takes this very seriously. A major requirement before the approval, is that an employer must take a periodic vote from the employees to determine if the majority of the employees want the Alternative Work Schedule. If the employer does not follow all the required steps, the Labor Board will not grant an exception. If your employer disregards the law and forces you and other employees to work, for example, a 4 day, 10 hour work week without paying overtime after 8 hours per day, your employer could be in for a big awakening when they find out that overtime and penalties are due to the employees.

If you are working an Alternative Work Week or 4 Day/10 Hour Work Week, feel free to contact the Law Offices of Scott A. Miller, A Professional Corporation by going onto the website of California Wage Law Attorney. The consultation is free and confidential. Were here to help.

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