Wage Claims, Overtime, and Wage and Hour Laws

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

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How to get back what your employer owes you.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

Breaks, overtime, tips, paydays, and more.

The general rule in California is that employees are considered to employed "at will," meaning that they may be fired at any time by their employers, for any reason or for no reason at all. However, there are important exceptions to the "at will" rule.

How you should be classified and your rights.

Your rights to comp time, or "compensated time off work".

If your employer has filed for bankruptcy, it means that the business is no longer able to pay off its debts to its creditors, and the company has asked the court to help it either plan a repayment schedule (“Chapter 11” bankruptcy) or sell off all its property and use the money to pay off the creditors (“Chapter 7” bankruptcy).

California Labor Commissioner's office (also known as DLSE) can help recover unpaid wages.

You should get paid what you're owed after you're terminated.

This booklet focuses on the California Labor Code sections.

The rules about working only 4 days but 1 hours per day.

Effective January 1, 217, the minimum wage for all industries will be increased yearly.

There are new requirements for employees to have paid sick leave.

Can an employer take away a raise or reduce your wage without consent?

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