For many employees in California, the working week is more than enough. It can be hard to find time to run a home and hold down a job. There are simply too few hours in the day. Yet all too often many employees are called on to work extra shifts or an excessive number of hours. However, in many cases these employees are entitled to extra pay for the free time they have sacrificed.
According to this article on fair wages, many states enforce laws concerning overtime and related wages. It is important to be aware of the legislation in your home state if you want to be sure that your rights are being adhered to. On top of this, federal laws established by the Fair Labor Standards Act are also in place and may apply to you.
In general, you should be entitled to overtime pay if you fulfill certain conditions making you a "nonexempt" employee. This includes receiving a wage of under $23,600 per year, not being a manager and not being in a salaried position. If you are entitled to overtime pay, this means that you are likely to receive time and a half for those shifts.
Determining whether you are being fairly paid can be difficult, so you may benefit from the advice of an attorney. He or she can explain your rights to you and might be able to assist you if you decide to pursue compensation and challenge your employer over the wages you are owed.