On January 1, 2019, the minimum wage in California increased to $12 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $11 per hour for employees with 25 or fewer employees*.
California's basic overtime provisions are expressed in section 510 of the state Labor Code. Section 510 mandates that employees who work more than eight hours in a single workday, more than 40 hours in a single workweek, or up to eight hours on the seventh consecutive day of a workweek be compensated for this additional time at a rate of one and one half times their ordinary wage. Section 510 additionally provides that those who work more than 12 hours in a workday, or more than eight hours on the seventh consecutive day of a workweek be compensated at a rate of twice their ordinary wage.
Beginning a new job typically involves a great deal of paperwork. New employees invariably must fill out all manner of forms ranging from company policy acknowledgements to direct deposit authorizations. Due to the sheer number of documents associated with embarking upon new employment, it can often be difficult to grasp the significance of each and every provision to which one agrees.
Recently the New York Times ran a highly publicized piece on the work environment supposedly created and fostered at Amazon.com. The focus of the article was mostly on Amazon's campus in Seattle and the plight of the fairly compensated lower and middle tier staff. The article then prompted an equally publicized rebuttal from current Amazon employee Nick Ciubotariu and a memo from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to his staff.
The past few decades have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of jobs in once thriving industries. One particular sector that has not suffered this fate is the service industry. As jobs in other fields are disappearing with alarming frequency, service jobs have been growing steadily for quite some time. The problem, however, is that many of these jobs do not provide the worker with anything close to a living wage. In addition to the uncertainty and inconsistency in this field of work, the individual employees and their families suffer for this simple fact - the pay is too low.
The United States Supreme Court will hear a wage and hour to decide whether time spent in security screenings is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as amended by the Portal-to-Portal Act. The case is called Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk.