Double Time and Prevailing Wages
Most California prevailing wage determinations list daily overtime at 1.5 times the regular rate of pay after 8 hours a day and double time for all hours worked in excess of 12 hours a day. Recently, CCMI staff was asked what happens after 12 hours a day if the wage determination is silent on daily double-time. Under California Wage Order 16 (covering construction), double time is required when an employee works more than 12 hours in a day.
For example: Laborers in Northern California has a footnote requiring 1.5 pay for all hours worked over 8 in one day, but is silent on double-time. If an employee works more than 12 hours in a single day, then California Wage Order 16 will control and mandate double-time be paid.
Caveat: Those who are union signatory may be able to use their collective bargaining agreement to skip out on paying double-time pay if the wage determination is silent and the collective bargaining agreement addresses the issue of overtime.