Understanding California’s Labor Code may seem overwhelming; however, knowing some essential points is necessary to ensure that your employer respects your rights. From wages and overtime worked to workplace safety and protections against discrimination, California’s Labor Code aims to promote fair and equitable labor practices.

Your payments and wages

The code establishes the minimum wage requirements you should be receiving. As of January 1, 2023, the minimum wage in California is $15.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $14.00 per hour for those with 25 employees or fewer.

Additionally, overtime pay requires employers to compensate employees one and a half times their regular rate for hours worked exceeding eight hours a day or 40 hours a week.

Finally, this section includes provisions to protect employees against wage theft, unpaid wages, withheld tips, and unauthorized deductions.

Right to rest periods during your workdays

Employers must provide you with time to eat and rest during long workdays. Employees must have a 30-minute meal break for shifts exceeding five hours and a 10-minute rest break for every four hours worked.

Protections for your health and well-being

In this case, employers must comply with safety and health standards established by OSHA and provide training, protective equipment, and proper safety protocols to all their workers. They are responsible for your protection and health in the work environment.

Additionally, thanks to this Labor Code, discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on protected characteristics such as race, religion, and sex, among others, are prohibited. Employers must maintain a discrimination-free and harassment-free workplace and take steps to address complaints.

Understanding the California Labor Code is essential to respect your rights and promote fair and equitable labor practices.

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