What You Never Knew About Your Workers’ Rights
Workers have rights in their job. Locally in California, employees are protected by Labor Laws, notwithstanding your birthplace or your legal status.
Here are some things that you might not know about your workers’ rights:
- Rest and meal breaks
One thing that you should know is that you are provided with a paid rest break, usually should last up to 10 minutes, for every four hours of work and a meal break of at least 30 minutes after no more than 5 hours of work. For this to be observed, you may write down and keep track of your hours and pay by also making sure that you get things and responsibilities done.
- Minimum wage and overtime
Employers must pay at least the minimum wage. Minimum wage earners are entitled to receive $11.00 per hour for businesses with 26 employees or more and $10.50 for small business, as released from the guidelines during the start of 2018. It could be higher for some areas.
It must be noted that if you are working paid by contract the salary that you must get must be within the minimum wage. For overtime pays, you must be paid equal to 1½ times the regular rate of your pay. Always check your pay stubs if you are paid right.
This Recover My Wages’ Piece reminds us that unpaid wages also constitutes to penalties.
- Safe and healthy jobs
You also have the right to safe and healthy job environments. It is a requirement for your employer and it may be necessary for your company to have Workers’ Compensation insurance and benefits for medical care for work-related injuries and illnesses.
Remember that it is important for you to assert your workers’ legal rights and to report unsafe and unjust work conditions. The law is there to protect you as you work on your job.