Should I be paid for off-the-clock work?

Yes, employers are required to pay workers for all hours they work. Unpaid off-the-clock work is unlawful under California law.

Employers must pay employees for all off-the-clock work they either knew or should have known about, even if the extra time was not authorized. Workers should be paid for time spent on tasks before or after regular work hours, no matter how short the period is.

Putting on protective equipment before a workday begins, cleaning a job site after clocking out or undergoing security checks at the end of a work shift are some common examples of off-the-clock work. Forcing workers to complete extra work-related duties without pay is a violation of labor laws.

If your employer has made you do off-the-clock work without proper pay, you should reach out to an Oakland employment lawyer. Erlich Law Firm can help you recover the wages you are owed and hold your employer accountable.

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