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Outside Sales Employee Exemption in California

The Outside Salesperson Exemption to California’s Labor Laws

Most California employees are entitled to be paid minimum wage. They are also entitled to overtime wages when they work more than eight hours in a workday, more than forty hours in a workweek, or… Continue Reading

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Administrative Employee Exemption in California

The Professional Exemption to California’s Wage & Hour Laws

Most California employees are entitled to be paid minimum wage. They are also entitled to overtime wages when they work more than eight hours in a workday, more than forty hours in a workweek, or… Continue Reading

Wage Law
Computer Professional Exemption in California

The Computer Professional Exemption to California’s Wage Laws

Most California employees are entitled to be paid minimum wage. They are also entitled to overtime wages when they work more than eight hours in a workday, more than forty hours in a workweek, or… Continue Reading

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Payday and Pay Periods Under California Law

Wage Paydays and Pay Periods: The Law in California Explained

California is often considered a progressive state, with a relatively high minimum wage, strong protections for employees, and a general embrace of unions and collective bargaining. In keeping with this reputation, California has fairly strict… Continue Reading

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The Salary Requirement for Exempt Employees in California

California’s employment laws divide employees into two main categories: exempt employees and nonexempt employees. The distinction can be important because nonexempt employees have more rights in the workplace than exempt employees. Usually, employers prefer to… Continue Reading

Discrimination
Elderly Man Being Discriminated Against in California

Age Discrimination Laws in the California Workplace

Age discrimination occurs when an employee or job applicant over the age of 40 receives less favorable treatment because of their age. In many cases, employers in California are prohibited by law from engaging in… Continue Reading

Wage Law
Administrative Employee Exemption in California

The Administrative Exemption to California’s Labor Laws, Explained

Most California employees are entitled to certain important rights. Those include: The right to be paid at least the minimum wage; The right to overtime wages when they work more than eight hours in a… Continue Reading

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Options for employees improperly classified as exempt in California

The Executive Employee Exemption under California Law

Most California employees are entitled to certain important rights. Those include: The right to be paid at least the minimum wage; The right to overtime wages when they work more than eight hours in a… Continue Reading

Wage Law
Employee Receiving Tips and Gratuities under California Law

Ultimate Guide to Tip and Gratuity Laws in California

California Labor Laws are designed to provide the highest level of protection for workers. For employees in the service industry, this means that they are legally entitled to keep all tips voluntarily left for them…. Continue Reading

Wage Law
Employee Earning Minimum Wage in California

Guide to California’s Minimum Wage Laws in 2017 and Beyond

The minimum wage is the minimum hourly rate that nearly all California employees must be paid for their work by law. The federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour) applies to covered employees, unless they… Continue Reading

Disability Rights
Employee Earning Minimum Wage in California

Reasonable Accommodation Laws in the California Workplace

Most businesses in California have a duty to provide reasonable accommodations for their employees with known disabilities, unless doing so would cause the employer an undue hardship. A reasonable accommodation is a change to an… Continue Reading

Wage Law
California Employee Working Overtime Late at Night

The Ultimate Guide to California’s Overtime Wage Laws

Unpaid overtime claims are the largest category of complaints filed under California’s wage and hours laws. In fact, more unpaid overtime settlements are made in California than in any other state. Unpaid overtime can result… Continue Reading

Breastfeeding
Employee Breastfeeding at Work in California

Workplace Breastfeeding Laws in California, Made Easy

Breastfeeding provides important benefits for mothers and their children. In fact, it’s recommended by both the World Health Organization and UNICEF. But how should working mothers handle breastfeeding their child? Fortunately, California has adopted some… Continue Reading

Wage Law
Late and Unpaid Wages Law in California

The Law on Late & Unpaid Wages in California, Explained

Employers have a legal obligation to pay the wages that their employees earn. They also have an obligation to pay those wages on time. California law protects employees who experience late or unpaid wages. This… Continue Reading

Rest Breaks

Meal Break & Rest Period Rules under California Law

California employees who are considered non-exempt have a legal right to receive meal breaks and rest periods. The number of breaks depends on the length of the employee’s shift. A rough guide is as follows:… Continue Reading

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Exempt Employee California

California’s Exempt Employee Laws: How to Classify Workers

In most cases, there are three simple requirements to determine whether a worker is an exempt employee under California law: Minimum Salary. The employee must be paid a salary that is at least twice the… Continue Reading

Wage Law

Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees: Guide to California Law

Both state and federal laws require employers to follow certain rules—like paying overtime, tracking hours, or providing rest and meal breaks. Some types of jobs, however, are exempt from these requirements. An exempt employee is… Continue Reading

Wage Law
Employee Filing a Wage and Hour Claim with the DLSE

How to File a Wage & Hour Claim in California

The wages and hours of California employees are protected by both state and federal law. Those laws, however, don’t enforce themselves. When labor laws are violated, many workers choose to file a wage claim. A… Continue Reading

Retaliation
California employer retaliating against employee injured at work

Retaliation for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in California

California law is somewhat tricky when it comes to work-related injuries. In many cases, employees cannot sue their employer for unintentional acts that may have caused their injury. Instead, California law permits employees to pursue… Continue Reading

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Commissioned Employee in California

The Law on Commission-Based Pay for Sales Employees in California

Employees can be paid for their work in several ways. Hourly wages and fixed salaries are the most common examples. Some employees are paid a commission basis. All California employees, including those who earn commissions,… Continue Reading

Disability Rights

Disability Discrimination Laws in the California Workplace

Nobody chooses to have a disability. But, for many, disabilities are a part of life. Sometimes those disabilities can negatively affect a person’s employment. In those cases, it’s important to know which actions constitute unlawful… Continue Reading

Representation
Smith & Lo Pricing

How Our Pricing Works

At Smith & Lo, we accept two types of payment arrangements: Contingent fee agreements, or Hourly rate payments. These kinds of agreements are explained in more detail below. If you have questions, please feel free… Continue Reading