Many workers in California work extra hours from time to time. Sometimes an emergency comes up at work, or an important deadline simply has to be met. In other cases you may be helping out when other employees are on vacation or simply picking up a few extra shifts at the request of your boss. Whatever the case, it is important to consider whether you are being fairly paid for the time you are putting in.
In some cases, you might be entitled to overtime pay. This is an increased rate that can apply when you work more than your usual hours. However, there are a number of factors than can affect whether you are entitled to this increased rate of pay. For example, volunteers, contractors and various other workers such as those who deliver newspapers or baby-sit are generally not entitled to this rate.
Another factor is your total salary, as this article on employee rights explains. This determines whether you are likely to be covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act and by extension affects whether you should be being paid overtime for your extra shifts. Another factor is your role within the organization, as certain positions, such as managerial roles may be excluded by the FLSA.
If you feel like you are being unfairly treated at work or you are concerned about your rate of pay, you might benefit from legal advice and support. An attorney may have some of the answers you require and also might be able to suggest the best course of action to take in order to improve your situation. With the right guidance you can pursue the fair wages you deserve and ensure that your employer is aware of and prepared to uphold your rights.