April 4, 2016

California jealously protects the wages of its workers for the most part. Paying workers correctly and on time is a fundamental public policy of our state.

When an employer doesn't pay all the wages that it owes its employee, severe penalties and interest can attach that are often as much or more than the unpaid wages themselves.

If you haven't been paid correctly, what can you do about it?

I.     What is a Wage?

I said that California protects its workers wages, and that's true. But what qualifies as a wage?

California defines "wages" as "all amounts for labor performed." It doesn't matter whether it's calculated by commission...

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