The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law governing overtime, minimum wage, and child labor. It applies in every state, but the states are free to pass laws that are more generous to employees and to regulate the rare cases in which federal law does not apply.
California has enacted minimum wage laws that are more generous to employees than the federal law.
California has enacted overtime laws that are more generous to employees than the federal law. Almost all California employees must be paid overtime of 11/2 times the employee's regular rate for all hours worked in excess of 8 in a workday, in excess of 40 in a workweek, or for the first 8 hours worked on the seventh consecutive day worked in a workweek. Double-time must be paid for hours worked in excess of 12 in a workday or worked in excess of 8 on the seventh consecutive day worked in any workweek.
California child labor law is extensive and complex with hundreds of prohibitions, exceptions, and caveats pertaining to occupations in which minors may be employed and the number of hours and times they may work. Further distinctions are made according to age, with special rules and exceptions in some groups.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects employees and applicants from discrimination based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. The law also protects employees, applicants, and independent contractors from harassment based on the ...