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Ch 2: California Employee Compensation Law

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Expand your knowledge of California's employee compensation laws with these lessons. You will learn about the way employees are paid and related laws and regulations employers have to follow when paying their employees.

California Employee Compensation Law - Chapter Summary

The various laws related to employee compensation in California are discussed in this chapter. You will learn about the legally acceptable treatment of employees, regulations related to logging time at work, as well as terminology related to the various laws. Other information discussed includes the regulations related to acceptable work increments and the reimbursement of employees when they spend their personal funds on work related purchases. After completing this chapter, you will have knowledge of:

  • Exempt & non-exempt employees
  • Types of compensation
  • Minimum wage
  • Implementation of laws by California's Director of Industrial Relations
  • PTO and vacation pay
  • Laws related to meals and work breaks
  • Stopping wage garnishment with bankruptcy

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15 Lessons in Chapter 2: California Employee Compensation Law
Types of Employee Compensation in California

1. Types of Employee Compensation in California

In this lesson we will review the different kinds of wages defined by the State of California as well as some of the basic rules regarding how and when these wages are earned.

California's Minimum Wage Requirements & Exceptions

2. California's Minimum Wage Requirements & Exceptions

In this lesson, we will look at California minimum wage laws and its exceptions. We will also briefly compare California's wage laws with the federal minimum wage standards.

Vacation Pay & Paid Time Off in California Labor Law

3. Vacation Pay & Paid Time Off in California Labor Law

California defines specific rules for the treatment of paid time away from work such as vacation, holidays, personal days, and sick time. In this lesson, we will also review how a simplified paid time off system works in place of these days.

California's Overtime Pay Regulations

4. California's Overtime Pay Regulations

In this lesson, we will discuss the laws and regulations in the state of California regarding what an employee is entitled to be compensated when working overtime.

Exempt & Non-Exempt Employees in California

5. Exempt & Non-Exempt Employees in California

In this lesson, we'll examine how the State of California defines exempt and nonexempt employees, with regard to the laws about which they are entitled to overtime pay.

California Independent Contractor: Definition & Rules

6. California Independent Contractor: Definition & Rules

Let's take a look at how California defines who is an independent contractor in the workplace and how this status differs as far as tax and work rules for both the contractor and employer.

California Laws for Paying Employees

7. California Laws for Paying Employees

The State of California has laws that specifically cover when employees have to be paid. In this lesson we will look at the legal requirements for the timing for different kinds of employee pay, along with the penalties for failing to follow the law.

California Laws Related to Work Breaks & Meals

8. California Laws Related to Work Breaks & Meals

The State of California requires employers to offer breaks for rest and meals when employees work a certain number of hours. In this lesson we will review the standards for breaks as well as the consequences for failure to comply with the law.

Calculating Work Hours & Travel Time for CA Employees

9. Calculating Work Hours & Travel Time for CA Employees

California labor law is notoriously different from many of the other states' laws. This lesson discusses how working hours and travel time are calculated for California employees.

Work Day, Work Week & Alternate Work Week Laws in California

10. Work Day, Work Week & Alternate Work Week Laws in California

The state of California defines a regular work day or work week for the purposes of calculating overtime pay. In this lesson we will review these definitions as well the allowances for an alternate work week schedule.

Employee Deduction Regulations in California

11. Employee Deduction Regulations in California

This lesson will provide the reader with information on lawful and unlawful employee deductions in the State of California. The three legal employer deductions, and instances where special circumstances apply will be discussed, and examples of common illegal deductions will be outlined.

Business Expense Reimbursement in California Labor Law

12. Business Expense Reimbursement in California Labor Law

California employees have a broad right to reimbursement of work-related expenses. This lesson discusses the intricacies of California Labor Law with regard to business expense reimbursement, common expense categories, the obligations of the employer, and the actual practice of the law.

Rules for Stopping Wage Garnishment with Bankruptcy

13. Rules for Stopping Wage Garnishment with Bankruptcy

It's not uncommon for a person filing bankruptcy to have wage garnishments for prior financial problems. In this lesson, we'll examine the rules surrounding wage garnishments after filing for bankruptcy.

Laws & Restrictions Around Wage Garnishment

14. Laws & Restrictions Around Wage Garnishment

The process of wage garnishment compels an employee to pay owed debts through payroll withholding but is subject to a number of protections and limits. Let's review the highlights of relevant wage garnishment laws and restrictions.

California's Requirements for Timekeeping at Work

15. California's Requirements for Timekeeping at Work

In this lesson we will review the basics of California's requirements for keeping track of the hours that employees work. We will also look at employee and employer responsibilities.

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