02 Apr Overtime claims and record-keeping
A common issue arises regarding overtime claims and record-keeping, or the failure to keep records. Both California and federal law require employers to pay overtime to eligible employees. If your employer hasn’t paid you overtime to which you’re entitled, you can bring a lawsuit against your employer to recover that pay. In most cases, you can prove your claim using your employer’s records. But what if your employer hasn’t kept records of your overtime?
Proving overtime claims and record-keeping
It’s more difficult to prove your claims if your employer doesn’t have adequate records of your hours. Fortunately, California has laws regarding overtime claims and record-keeping. California law requires employers to keep and maintain records on the hours that their non-exempt employees work. If they fail to do so, they can be liable for penalties under the California labor code. Therefore, if your employer is complying with the law, you should be able to prove your claim with their records. But even if they don’t, the law still allows you to pursue your claims.
Proving claims without your employer’s records
Ideally, your employer has records that accurately reflect how much overtime you’ve worked. But this isn’t always the case. While this can make things more complicated, it’s not fatal. For example, suppose an employee sues her employer for failure to pay overtime and the employer hasn’t kept records of that overtime. Typically, the court will allow the employee to estimate the amount of overtime they have worked. The court will take that into consideration in determining how much the employee can recover. The more precisely you can estimate the overtime, the better.
If you believe that your employer has failed to pay you overtime that you have earned, contact the Khadder Law Firm today for a free consultation.
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