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Mix of State, Local Laws Mark California Labor Landscape

May 18, 2022, 8:13 PM

California’s labor laws contain hundreds of exceptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act and some localities have their own requirements, creating additional worker protections that employers must comply with, two payroll practitioners said May 13.

“California has the most pro-worker employment laws of any state,” Sondra Dougherty, CPP, consultant and owner of Employer Compliance Services, said.

A total of 17 wage orders issued by the Industrial Welfare Commission specify working conditions for covered employees, Marcela McCarthy, CPP, the global payroll director at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., said.

In general, employees not exempt from overtime must be paid at least twice a month ...