The minimum wage is currently $10.00 per hour, increasing to $10.50 per hour in January 2017.  

In addition, some city ordinances require a higher minimum wage depending on where you work.

If you are required to buy your own hand tools for work, you must be paid an hourly rate of at least twice the minimum wage.

Believe it or not, licensed physicians and surgeons also have a minimum wage. Labor Code Section 515.6 provides that certain licensed physicians and surgeons are exempt from the overtime requirements in Labor Code Section 510 if they are paid a minimum hourly rate of $76.24, and $77 .15 effective January 1, 2017.

A common employer cheat on minimum wage involves employers who pay by the job or by the piece rate. It is illegal for an employer to refuse to pay at least minimum wage for all hours worked, including unproductive work time. An employer can pay a lower rate for unproductive work time but cannot pay less than minimum wage, nor can the employer average all hours worked to satisfy the minimum wage violation. Yes, this sounds technical, because it is technical. We can help you sort it all out.  
 If you have questions about possible minimum wage violations, call David Mallen for a free consultation at 310-606-0065.
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