At Shanberg, Stafford & Bartz LLP, we have pursued numerous cases under the PAGA, and have successfully obtained substantial civil penalties on behalf of our clients and aggrieved employees. We have also represented employers in the successful defense of alleged PAGA violations.
Specific requirements for inclusion in the various exemption classifications can also vary by industry and the type of work performed by the business. The Industrial Welfare Commission, a California regulatory agency, has issued wage orders that set forth specific regulations regarding wages, hours and working conditions within various industries. It is recommended that all employers take a proactive approach and retain experienced employment attorneys who are familiar with the California wage orders and the applicable overtime provisions set forth in the California Labor Code, including Labor Codes §§ 510 and 1194. Over the past several years, this area of California law has been heavily litigated and has resulted in substantial settlements and verdicts against employers.
Fast food restaurants and/or local retailers who employ high school students often encounter problems when they fail to follow restrictions on when students can work. California law maintains strict requirements regarding when minors can work for their employer. In the event the employer fails to comply with these strict time requirements, the employer can be subjected to thousands of dollars of civil penalties per violation.
The times during which minors are eligible to work, and for how long, are affected by whether school is in session and the minor’s age. Minors are eligible to work during the following hours:
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