If you've ever worked off the clock, this is what you need to know.
Suppose a cashier works at a supermarket in Los Angeles, California. At the end of every shift, their manager tells them to clock out and stay to count the money in their till with the upcoming cashier. What does the law say about working off-the-clock?
According to both California and federal wage and hour laws, it is illegal to work without compensation. In fact, the California Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that even working just a few minutes off-the-clock per shift is considered a violation of California law (Troester v. Starbucks Corp). So, if you're working without getting paid, you might want to consider talking to an employment lawyer in California who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Off-the-clock laws for salaried employees in California.
Typically, salaried employees aren't covered by off-the-clock laws, but it's important to note that some employers may misclassify employees as salaried who should actually be paid hourly. If you're not sure whether you've been misclassified, it might be a good idea to speak with an attorney who can help you figure it out. And if your employer requires you to work extra hours without compensation, you may have a claim for unpaid wages – including unpaid overtime, as well as other damages.