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In California, a state renowned for its diverse and dynamic workforce, understanding your rights related to paychecks is essential. The laws governing wage payment are designed to protect workers, ensuring fair treatment and transparency from employers.

Here are five critical rights every California worker should be aware of regarding paychecks. If you believe your rights have been trampled on, contact PLBH at (800) 435-7542 to speak to an employment law attorney.

Your Pay Stub Essentials

California Labor Code section 226(a) mandates that pay stubs include comprehensive details to maintain transparency and accountability. This includes personal identification information, employer details, pay period dates, total hours worked, overtime hours, rates of pay, gross and net wages earned, and any deductions made. This requirement holds true regardless of whether wages are paid in cash, ensuring every employee can track their earnings and deductions accurately.

Wage Payment Frequency

For non-exempt workers, California law specifies that wages must be paid at least twice a month, with clear deadlines for when earnings for each half of the month are due. Exempt employees may receive their wages once a month, but still within a defined timeframe. Understanding these payment schedules is crucial for workers to ensure they are receiving their wages promptly and in accordance with state regulations.

Access to Payroll Records

California Labor Code 226 also empowers employees to inspect or receive copies of their payroll records. Employers are required to retain these records for at least three years and must comply with an employee’s request to review or copy them within 21 days. This right supports workers’ ability to verify their wage information and ensure accuracy in their pay.

Final Paycheck Inclusions

Upon termination or resignation, employees are entitled to receive all earned wages in their final paycheck, including a payout for unused vacation days, as these are considered earned wages in California. Understanding what should be included in a final paycheck helps workers ensure they receive all compensation due to them upon the end of their employment.

Lawful Deductions from Wages

Employers in California are limited in what deductions they can make from an employee’s wages. Only deductions required by law, such as state or federal taxes, or those authorized in writing by the employee for benefits and other purposes, are permitted. Unlawful deductions, including those for uniforms, losses, or work-related expenses without explicit consent, are prohibited.

If you encounter issues with your paycheck, such as missing pay stub information, unpaid wages, or unlawful deductions, PLBH can provide the guidance and representation you need to address these violations. With a deep understanding of California’s labor laws, PLBH is committed to protecting workers’ rights and ensuring fair treatment in the workplace. For assistance with paycheck issues or any other employment law concerns, contact PLBH at (800) 435-7542 for a consultation.