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Notice to employers and workers about overtime pay

While the federal government has recently made changes to federal overtime regulations, employers and workers in the state of California are minimally impacted by those changes. The changes to federal law have no impact on private employers. However, state and local government workers may be impacted.

Wages, hours and working conditions - including overtime pay requirements - for California's private sector employees are governed by the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) wage orders, which supercede federal regulations.

In order for a California worker to be exempt from overtime and other provisions of the IWC wage orders, employers must ensure workers meet the criteria laid out in section one of the wage order governing their industry.

California law requires all non-exempt employees be paid overtime after eight hours per day or 40 hours per week. Find answers to frequently asked questions about overtime pay in California on the state Division of Labor Standards Enforcement Web site.

For information on federal overtime rules, please visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor site.

Employers can review and download the IWC wage order applicable to their industry from the Department of Industrial Relations workplace postings page.