Wage theft, meaning violations of the California Labor Code regarding the payment of wages to workers is more common than you might think. Last month, the Labor Commissioner’s Office obtained over $5 million dollars in settlements for workers who had been victims of wage theft.
Common examples of wage theft:
Failure to pay minimum wage
Failure to pay overtime
Failure to pay split shift premiums
Not providing required meal and rest breaks
Failure to pay sick leave as required
Typical wage theft investigations include a payroll audit for the past three years. Infractions are investigated to determine payments and penalties.
Investigations and settlements are time consuming and may be very costly to the employer.
If you have any questions about wages, consult with a professional or if a CLIA lodging member, call the FREE CLIA Helpline at 916.925.2915.