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Most employees are familiar with the concept of overtime – you work long hours, you might be eligible to receive higher pay rates for those hours at 1.5 times your usual hourly rate. However, did you know that there are times when certain employees are entitled to twice their usual pay rate? This is referred to as double-time, and it is important to know if you should receive double-time pay from your employer. 

If you think that you deserved overtime or double-time pay for certain hours and did not receive it, you should discuss the matter with experienced California overtime pay lawyers at Mara Law Firm. We can review your situation and help you seek unpaid overtime from your employers. 

Overtime Laws in California

Under California law, employers must pay 1.5 overtime rates to employees who are considered non-exempt under the law. Overtime rates apply when an employee works:

  • Over eight hours in one workday
  • Over 40 hours in one workweek
  • Over six days in one workweek

For example, if an employee usually earns $20.00 per hour, their overtime rate would be $30.00 per hour (1.5 x $20). If they work 45 hours in a week over five days, they should receive $20 for the first 40 hours and $30 for the five overtime hours for a total of $950.00 for that week. 

Double-Time Laws in California

Sometimes, a non-exempt employee is entitled to twice their pay rate for certain hours. This applies when an employee works:

  • Over 12 hours in one workday
  • Over eight hours on the 7th workday in one week

For example, the employee who earns $20.00 per hour signs on to longer hours to help meet a deadline for a construction project. The employee will work five 14-hour days in one week. They should earn:

  • $20 per hour for the first eight hours worked each day
  • $30 per hour for hours eight through 12 each day (overtime rate)
  • $40 per hour for hours 12 through 14 each day (double-time rate)

As you can see, these calculations can become complicated very quickly when an employee works enough hours to qualify for both overtime and double-time on one paycheck. 

If you worked enough hours to qualify for double-time, it is important to check your paystub carefully to make sure every dollar you earned is accounted for. Employers often make mistakes when it comes to these calculations, or they might even neglect to pay double-time rates and hope that you don’t notice. 

If you are unsure whether you are owed overtime or double-time pay, you should not hesitate to schedule a consultation with our legal team. We can review your hours worked and wages and inform you whether your employer owes you back pay. 

Contact Our California Overtime Pay Lawyers Today

At Mara Law Firm, we help employees seek unpaid overtime wages. Whether your employer made an honest mistake or is purposely withholding the pay you deserve, our California overtime pay lawyers can help. Call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online for more information. 

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