Employees deserve to receive the pay they’re due for the hours they work. It’s up to employers to ensure this happens. Employees who aren’t paid for the hours they worked can file claims against their employer. This can be a challenging situation that can pull you away from other aspects of running the business and it could end up costing your company money in the long run.
Some employers try to shift the responsibility to workers if they want to be paid. Even if the employee doesn’t turn in a time card, the employer still has to pay the worker for all hours they worked.
One of the best things that you can do for your company is to establish clear guidelines and procedures related to time cards and employee pay. Here are two areas that often get overlooked:
Payment for training events
Workers must be paid for training events if they’re required to be there. This includes things like seminars, meetings and lectures. If the function isn’t in the worker’s general area, they must also be paid time for traveling.
Payment for overtime
Overtime in California is required in specific situations, some of which aren’t covered by federal laws. This includes workers who put in more than 8 hours in a workday, work more than 40 hours per week, or work seven days in a single workweek.
Making sure that you comply with federal and state laws regarding wage and hour matters is the only way that you can minimize the chance of having to combat claims of violations. It also helps to get regular legal guidance to avoid complex problems.