Under the FLSA, employees are required to pay for time and a half of work that surpasses 40 hours in one week. California’s labor laws state that if an individual works more than 8 hours, but less than 12 in one day, the employer must offer time and a half. If an employee works more than 12 hours, the hourly rate is doubled. When a worker is on the clock 7 consecutive days, the employee is entitled to 1.5 times their hourly rate for the next 8 hours or double time for work completed above 8 hours. These rules mainly apply to employees who work for those under administrative and executive positions. Specialized careers are exempt from these overtime rules.
There are three agencies within the U.S. Department of Labor that oversee the regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division enforce the laws for the following:
- Federal employees with the Library of Congress
- Private employers
- State and local governments
- The Tennessee Valley Authority
- The USPS and the Postal Rate Commission
For assistance with employees working for a private company, the Department of labor will address labor exploitations involving overtime. Once a claim is filed, an investigation will proceed. The law prohibits an employer from retaliating in any way towards the employee. If an employer attempts to harass, demote the individual or refuse to abide by the process, there are grounds for legal repercussions.