Sometimes employers take advantage of their workers by misclassifying them as contract workers when they actually are company employees. Additionally, the laws are ambiguous enough that a worker may qualify as an employee under federal laws but still retain his or her status as an independent contractor (IC) under California state laws.
Employers can use various guises to pay their workers less than what is legally owed them, or to deny them the benefits to which they would otherwise be entitled to receive. One way this is done is through misclassification of a worker's status.
Compared to many others around the country, California has long been a state that enforced wage laws that protected its workers. For example, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying lower wages to workers of one gender than the workers of the opposite gender who do the same jobs.
This month, Republicans in the House of Representatives brought up a proposed bill that would permit corporations to stop paying workers overtime by instead substituting compensatory time.
California's agriculture industry is a vital part of the economy. While this industry provides much-needed employment for many people, some employees are not receiving the pay they are entitled to under the state's current wage and hour laws. This is generally known as theft of wages and all members of the agriculture industry should know that it is illegal.