California’s Wage Orders: Landmines and Goldmines

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Originally published in the Orange County Lawyer magazine - June issue, Vol. 54 No. 6 (pages 12-13).

All California employers must comply with a multitude of wage and hour laws that go well beyond setting minimum wages and calculating overtime pay.

For example, do your clients know that:

Employers shall provide suitable lockers, closets, or equivalent for the safekeeping of employees’ outer clothing during working hours. . . . ! These rooms or spaces may be adjacent to but shall be separate from toilet rooms and shall be kept clean?

Or that: Adequate elevator, escalator, or similar service consistent with industry-wide standards . . . shall be provided when employees are employed four floors or more above or below ground level?

Or that: A temperature of not less than 68° shall be maintained in [employees’] toilet rooms, resting rooms, and change rooms during hours of use?

Or: If a meal period occurs on a shift beginning or ending at or between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., facilities shall be available for securing hot food and drink or for heating food or drink, and a suitable sheltered place shall be provided in which to consume such food or drink?

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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