According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute, nearly 2 million workers in California are paid less than the minimum wage. This includes off-the-clock work, which occurs when employees are asked or expected to work before or after their scheduled shift, or during unpaid breaks.
Off-the-clock work is a prevalent issue in many industries, including gardening, construction, and restaurants. For example, gardeners may be asked to arrive early to set up equipment or stay late to clean up, without being paid for that time. Construction workers may be asked to work through their lunch breaks or work overtime without receiving overtime pay. And restaurant workers may be asked to work off the clock to complete tasks such as stocking the kitchen or setting up tables.
It is important for employees to know their rights and to speak up if they are being asked to work off the clock. Under California law, non-exempt employees must be paid for all hours worked, including any time spent on work-related tasks before or after their scheduled shift. They are also entitled to receive overtime pay for any hours worked over 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.
Employees who suspect that they are being asked to work off the clock should document the hours they are working and bring their concerns to their employer or their union representative. If the issue is not resolved, they can file a complaint with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
It is not fair that employees who work hard and contribute to the success of a company should not be properly compensated for their time and effort. it is important for the employees to speak up and advocate for their rights to ensure they are paid for all hours worked.
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