California Overtime Law Complicated by Any Standard

California overtime law is notorious for confusing employers and their workers.  California laws are complex and have many exceptions to their rules.  Also, keeping up with all of the changes happening within the law can be exhausting for anyone short of having a law degree.  Take the State’s policy which expands on the Fair Labor Standards Act  overtime pay rules for example: California daily overtime laws mandated for some time that employers are to pay qualified employees overtime at 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for any hours worked over an 8 hour day or a 40 hour workweek.  (California is only 1 of 4 states where daily overtime is ever required)  The daily overtime law was instated on January 1, 2001.  But before that, there were no daily overtime requirements.  The current daily overtime calculations have an exception when it comes to alternative workweeks.  If you are in a good faith agreement with your employer in which you work an alternative workweek of 10 hours per day/ 4 days a week, then daily overtime is paid for hours worked over 10 hours after a 40-hour workweek.  If you work over 12 hours in a day, or over 8 hours on the 7th consecutive day in a week, then you would receive double pay.  All of this is contingent upon whether or not you are exempt from receiving overtime.  Confused yet? Good overtime lawyers are a necessity in California! California also has many guidelines which help determine the exemption status of employees.  These complicated variations of FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) exemption guidelines are confusing employers, causing a huge amount of inaccurate job classifications, which are leading to an increase in overtime lawsuits.  If you are unsure of where you stand as an employee or employer in the state of California, contact an overtime lawyer like Michael D. Lore who knows the complexities of California overtime law.

Client Reviews


A situation that involves attorneys is emotional - Mike Lore is an attentive listener and really helped me come to the terms of my situation. He used his understanding of the law to construct a case that was grounded in fact and skipped the needless 'finger-pointing' and 'he-said/she-said' back and forth. Mike's professionalism with me (the client) and the opposing attorney moved the case forward quickly with a successful result.

- E.S.


After talking to HR and trying to find answers to my questions about the overtime laws online, I was so confused. I contacted the firm and spoke to Stacy. She was so nice and took the time to review my pay stubs. She explained what the law requires and how it applied to my job. Turns out I do not have a case. Even though I didn’t have a case, she sent me a follow up email with even more information. So glad I called them.

- P.A.


We live in another state, but my husband's company sent him to work in Texas for 6 months. With the laws being completely different from our home state, it was nice to speak to a professional that could put us at ease and explain the laws to us.

- D.E.