Free Advice Wednesday: Maximum Hours For "Salaried" Employees?

Welcome to a new feature of CLEL: "Free Advice Wednesday." I'll be posting on topics that come up from time to time that I think are worth getting out there. Of course, as a disclaimer, you should never do what I say, this is all hypothetical, etc.


There's no maximum time a salaried* employee can work, right?



Employees can work 24 hour days, but they can't work for more than six days per week, on average. There are exceptions for emergencies, protection of the loss of life or property, CBAs, and a few other rare circumstances. The DLSE can issue exemptions, though, if they choose to any employee or employer.

It's a misdemeanor if you don't comply and it also has typical Labor Code penalties associated with it too.

References: Cal. Lab. Code §§ 550 et seq.

* This is the term that is going to most likely be used in a question asked to me. For the purposes of this question, I'm going to assume that in addition to they're being non-hourly employees they are also "exempt" employees.

AB 879 Amended

AB 879 was changed to provide that CCP 473.5 shall also be effective to provide relief from a forfeiture. See here (PDF).

One In Five Employees!

Yahoo (via LaborProf Blog) reports that "One out of five (20 percent) U.S. workers claims that racial or ethnic discrimination exists in the workplace, according to a national survey by Hudson, reporting that they know of someone who has been denied a job, increased pay or promotion because of their ethnicity. That figure jumps to 31 percent for African-American workers, yet drops to 18 percent among white employees."

I hope you've updated your employee handbook lately and have trained your supervisors on how to deal with these situations.