How Overtime Works in California

How Overtime Works in California

In California, employees are entitled to overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a week or more than eight hours in a day. California employees are also entitled to overtime for the first eight hours they have to work on the seventh consecutive day of a work week.

If you work overtime, you must be paid a premium for your extra hours. The overtime premium is one-and-a-half times your regular pay rate, often referred to as “time-and-a-half.” Your regular pay rate is the total compensation you earn, divided by the number of hours you work.

For example, if you are paid by the hour, your regular pay rate is that hourly rate. If you are paid a weekly salary for full-time work, your regular pay rate is your salary divided by 40 hours. Other compensation—such as shift differentials, or bonuses for productivity, proficiency or attendance—must be included in the calculation as well.

David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (800) 401-4466 or by visiting

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