Shorten Your Loved One’s Stay in Jail

Shorten Your Loved One’s Stay in Jail

When something bad happens, everyone just wants to get through it as quickly as possible. When something bad happens to our friends or family members, we try to help them get through it as best as we can. We do not want them to suffer any more than we want to suffer. This is why, when you learned of your family member’s arrest, you sprang into action.

You want to get your family member released from jail as quickly as you can. You want to assist her in escaping this difficult situation. You can do just that by contacting the professional bail agents working at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles.

Our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can talk to a professional bail agent at any time. You will never have to wait around to get the help that you need. Once you talk to one of our agents, they begin working for you. They will not rest until your family member has been released from jail.

Thanks to our bail agent’s dedication, your loved one can be out of jail in just a few short hours. With our experts at your side, your loved one’s time in jail will be minimal. Our agents work quickly, around the clock to ensure that none of their clients have to suffer in a jail cell. If you want to shorten your loved one’s stay in jail, you need to contact the professionals here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles.

You can get a free consultation at any time simply by calling 877-793-2254 or by clicking Chat With Us now.

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Don’t Be Scared By Bail

Don’t Be Scared By Bail

The thought of bailing someone out of jail intimidates some people so much, that they do not even try to bail out their loved one. This forces their friend or family member to stay in jail when they do not need to. Do not do this to your loved one. You can afford to get him or her bailed out of jail today.

Bailing someone out of jail is a lot easier than most people realize. All you need to do is contact one of the bail agents working at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. They will do all of the hard work for you and help you rescue your loved one from jail. All our agents need to get started is your loved one’s name, birthday, and county of arrest. Once our agents have that information, they can locate your loved one in the county jail system and begin filling out the paperwork for the bail bond.

Aside from filling out the paperwork and dealing with the jail for you, our agents will also help you get the bail bond at an affordable price. You will get a customized payment plan that is built to work with your unique budget. This way, the monthly payments will actually be affordable to you.

Do not let the thought of trying to bail someone out of jail intimidate you. Bailing someone out of jail is easy, provided you have the right help. At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we work hard for our clients. We will do whatever it takes to help them rescue their loved ones from jail.

You can talk to an agent at any time by calling 877-793-2254 or by clicking Chat With Us now.

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Is There a Difference between These 3 Crimes?

Is There a Difference between These 3 Crimes?

When it comes to legal stuff, there is a lot that the general public doesn’t know, and it’s understandable. Anyone who has ever tried to read a law before has come face to face with the seemingly cryptic language known as legalese. That stuff is not easy to understand and so it’s only natural that people don’t have a perfect understanding of the thousands of laws in existence here in California.

A common misconception is that theft, burglary, and robbery are all the same crime. However, they are not. The law views each one differently. Each crime has specific circumstances tied to it that helps distinguish it from the others.

What Is Theft in California?

Theft is defined under California Penal Code (PC) 484 as the wrongful taking of someone else’s property. This can be done in a number of ways, such as taking an item, or money, when no one is looking or lying to get someone to hand over an item or money.

This crime is broken up into two categories, petty and grand. Which category a person falls into depends on the monetary value of what was stolen. If the monetary value of the stolen goods is under $950, then the thief will be charged with petty theft. If the monetary value is over $950, then the person will face grand theft charges.

The consequences for theft are dependent on which version a person has been accused of. For petty theft, a person faces misdemeanor charges that come with:

• Up to 6 months in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.

 
If the person has been charged with grand theft, they can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony. As a misdemeanor, a person faces:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.

 
If grand theft is charged as a felony, a person faces:

• 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in county jail.
• A max fine of $10,000.

 

What Is Burglary?

Burglary is defined by PC 459 as entering a structure or vehicle with the intent of committing a crime. As far as this law is concerned, a person is guilty as soon as they enter the building or vehicle, regardless if they actually stole anything after that. All this law is concerned with is entering a place with the intent of committing a crime.

As with theft, burglary is also broken down into two categories: first- and second-degree burglary. First-degree burglary occurs when a person burglarizes a residence. Second-degree burglary occurs when a person burglarizes a commercial building.

This law is a wobbler, meaning that it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. How it is charged depends on the facts of the case. First-degree burglary is always charged as a felony and comes with:

• 2, 4, or 6 years in state prison.
• A max fine of $10,000.
• Felony probation.

 
Second-degree burglary can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. As a felony it carries the following consequences:

• Up to 1 year in jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.
• Misdemeanor probation.

 
When charged as a felony, the crime comes with:

• 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in county jail.
• A max fine of $10,000.
• Felony probation.

 

What Is Robbery?

In California, the crime of robbery is defined under PC 211 as taking something from someone’s immediate presence against their will through the use of force or fear. Basically, this means that a person took something from someone by force. An example of this crime would be using a gun to take a woman’s purse from them.

Again, as with the other 2 crimes, robbery can be broken down into two categories: first- and second-degree robbery. First-degree robbery occurs when one of the following is true about the case:

• The victim was driving some sort of motor vehicle.
• The crime took place in some sort of residence.
• The victim had just visited an ATM.

 
Second-degree robbery occurs when a robbery doesn’t meet any of the above qualifications.

First-degree robbery is a felony that comes with:

• 3, 4, or 6 years in state prison.
• A max fine of $10,000.
• Felony probation.

 
Second-degree robbery is also a felony, and it comes with:

• 2, 3, or 5 years in state prison.
• A max fine of $10,000.
• Felony probation.

 

They Are Different

When written out in plain English, it is easy to see the differences between these crimes. Theft is stealing something, robbery is forcibly stealing something from a person’s immediate possession, and burglary is entering a structure with the intent of committing a crime. Burglary doesn’t have anything to do with stealing at all.

The consequences that a person faces depends on which crime the person has been accused of. Theft has much lighter consequences than robbery does due to the nature of the two crimes. Robbery is inherently more violent and threatening. Meanwhile, burglary consequences can be a bit light, but that is likely due to the fact that a person will probably face other charges on top of the burglary charge.

The bottom line is, even though the general public views these terms as synonymous, they are actually distinctly different.

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Thieves Are Stealing Parts Off of Cars

Thieves Are Stealing Parts Off of Cars

Cars that remained parked for long periods of time, which is pretty common at the moment, offer plenty of opportunities for crooks because they are always looking for easy targets. However, car theft isn’t the only thing to worry about. Some crooks prefer to just take parts off of idle vehicles. These crimes are less noticeable, giving the thief plenty of time to get away and perform the same crime again on another vehicle.

A crime that is seeing a rise is the theft of a particular vehicle part called a catalytic converter. This part helps a vehicle’s exhaust system reduce the amount of harmful emissions the engine creates. It does that by causing chemical reactions between the emissions and certain precious metals such as platinum and palladium. These metals are very valuable, and thieves know that.

Theft in California and Its Penalties

The crime of theft in California can be broken into two categories: Grand theft and petty theft. The difference between these two is the value of whatever was stolen. Grand theft occurs when a person steals something valued at over $950, or a bunch of items whose combined value is over that amount. Petty theft is pretty much the same, except the value of the stolen goods is less than $950.

This begs the question, what is a person who stole a catalytic converter guilty of, Petty theft or grand theft?

The cost of a catalytic converter can fluctuate greatly between vehicles. The cost of this part can range anywhere from $100 to $2,500. Due to California’s strict emission guidelines, cars in the state have to have more advanced catalytic converters installed, which translates to they cost a whole lot more here than they would in most other states.

This means that a person could potentially face charges of grand theft after stealing only one catalytic converter. They could also just face petty theft charges. The more times the person commits the crime though, the worse their consequences will be.

Petty theft is a misdemeanor crime in California. The penalties for committing petty theft are:

• Up to 6 months in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.

 
Grand theft is a wobbler crime in California, meaning that it can either be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the facts of the cases. As a misdemeanor, the penalties for grand theft are:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.

 
As a felony, the penalties increase to:

• 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in county jail.
• A max fine of $10,000.
• Felony probation.

 

How to Tell If the Catalytic Converter Was Stolen

Noticing that the catalytic converter on a vehicle has been stolen will be a lot easier than people realize. They might not see anything different as they approach their vehicle, but once they start it, they will hear the difference.

The catalytic converter is a part of a vehicle’s exhaust and muffler system. This system removes the engine exhaust from the vehicle and helps muffle the sound of the engine while it is running. Taking out the catalytic converter puts a hole into this system, which means the car will be much louder while it is running.

In addition, most new cars have electric sensors in the catalytic converter. The vehicle’s computer system will detect that it is not getting any information from those sensors and activate the check engine light. These missing sensors will also affect how well the engine runs since they help it run more efficiently. This means that the car will run, but it won’t be as smooth as it normally is.

How to Keep Your Car Safe

Thieves are always looking for easy targets. They want to find taller vehicles, ones with a lot of room underneath them, which makes accessing the catalytic converter easier. They also want to find vehicles that have been sitting unattended for long periods of time, such as vehicles left at a car park.

The best ways for a person to keep their car safe include always parking in well-lit areas close to buildings. This way, more people will be looking at the car making it a less-than-ideal target for thieves. A person should always try to park their car in their garage and keep the garage door shut so no one can just waltz right on in.

Some more advanced precautions include getting the catalytic converter welded to the frame of the vehicle thereby making it harder to steal. Also, try engraving the vehicle identification number (VIN) onto the catalytic converter so that it can be identified if stolen.

Sadly, just because a part is attached to a vehicle doesn’t mean that it is safe from theft. There are plenty of thieves out there who are more than willing to unbolt or even cut a part off of an unattended vehicle. If people follow the above tips, they should be able to avoid getting into any trouble.

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What Are a Person’s Responsibilities While Out on Bail?

What Are a Person’s Responsibilities While Out on Bail?

When a person is out on bail, they aren’t entirely in the clear. Yes, they are free from their confinement within a jail cell and can resume some semblance of normalcy, however, there are still things they need to consider. People who are out on bail have responsibilities that they need to see to. Failing to do that could lead to more trouble and jail time.

When a person is out on bail, they need to remember that they are still going to court. They are not free of the charges that were brought against them. They are simply free of being held in jail during the trial. While out on bail, a person needs to prioritize their court dates above anything else. Failing to show up in court is a great way to get re-arrested.

Another important responsibility while out on bail is making sure that the bail bond payments are paid on time. When bailed out with a bail bond, a person signs a contract stating that they will pay the bail agent a set amount, typically 10%, of the full bail price in return for being bailed out. Once the person is released from jail, they owe that money to their bail agent for holding up their end of the deal.

Lastly, a person out on bail needs to be responsible for their daily choices. They should be on their best behavior. If they do anything to upset the law, they could find themselves right back behind bars with an even smaller chance of getting out again. Nobody wants that.

If you want help that you can rely on, then you need to talk to one of the bail agents here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our expert bail agents are available to talk to 24/7 and will be more than happy to help guide you through the process of rescuing a loved one from jail. They will happily answer any questions that you might have about the bail bond process.

Some of the benefits that we provide for our clients include:

• 24/7 Bail bond service
• 20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• No hidden fees
• No collateral with a working signer

• Se habla Español

 

Ready to get started? If so, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Who Can Be a Co-Signer?

Who Can Be a Co-Signer?

When someone that you care about is in trouble, you aren’t worried about how you are related to them. All you care about is helping that person. This is definitely the case when it comes to bail. You just want to help someone out, and when it comes to bail, that is all that matters.

Some people mistakenly believe that you have to be related to someone to post their bail. However, that is not the case. The only requirements for bailing someone out of jail are being California residents and knowing enough about the person to fill out the paperwork. Primarily, this means knowing the person’s name, date of birth, and the county where he or she was arrested.

When a person agrees to help bail someone out of jail and signs the contract for the bail bond, they become a co-signer. They become responsible for making sure payments are made on time and that their loved one behaves while out on bail. There can be multiple co-signers on a bail bond, which can help make things easier for each signer. Having multiple signers is good because if one qualifies for a discount, they earn it for everyone.

The best co-signers are the ones who are financially stable. They have steady, well-paying jobs and have had them for a while. Co-signers like this will get better deals than other signers, however, this does not mean that you have to have a perfect financial history to be a co-signer for a bail bond. Anyone can be a co-signer.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we understand how important it is for you to rescue your friend or family member from jail. We don’t care if you are related to the person or not. If you want to bail them out of jail, we will help you. Some of the benefits that we provide for our clients include:

• 24/7 Bail bond service
• 20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• No hidden fees
• No collateral with a working signer

• Se habla Español

 

For a free consultation at any time, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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What Happens If a Person Misses a Bail Payment?

What Happens If a Person Misses a Bail Payment?

Most people have a lot of questions and concerns when it comes to dealing with bail. This is largely because most people don’t know a whole lot about bail in the first place. After all, they never expected to need bail. Still, that doesn’t mean that someone they know will never get arrested. In California alone, thousands of people are arrested every single day.

One of the big concerns that people have when dealing with bail, is what happens when they miss a payment or miss a court date? Everyone understands that missing either one of those would not be good, but they aren’t sure exactly how bad it is. Does it lead to harsh consequences, or does the person just receive a slap on the wrist?

There Is a Contract

When a person posts bail with a bail bond, they sign an agreement with the bail agent. By signing the contract, the person is promising to go to all of their court dates. They are also agreeing to pay off the money they owe for the bail bond. Breaking a contract does have repercussions.

Just like with any other contract, once a person has signed it, they are expected to keep to their word. This means that there can be very harsh consequences if a person misses a payment or a court date. However, before anyone starts to panic, things aren’t always horrible if a person truly misses a payment or court date.

Was It an Accident?

The consequences of missing either a payment or a court date are largely dependent on why they were missed. For instance, at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, if it was a genuine accident that led to something being missed, and the client responsibly contacts their bail agent as soon as they realize the mistake, then things don’t have to be so severe.

At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we understand that life is messy and things that were once certain can become uncertain very quickly. Maybe something happened that made the once manageable payments difficult. When it comes to missed payments, we can work with clients to re-evaluate their payment plan.

If a person missed their court date because they were held up in traffic, or they forgot, they need to talk to their bail agent right away. When someone misses their court date, the court can consider the bail forfeit and the bail agent will begin trying to get into touch with the person. As long as the agent can get in touch with the person, they can help them set up a new court date.

Both of these outcomes are only available if the person talks with their bail agent immediately.

The Person Ran

If the person purposefully missed a payment or court date because they are running, then things will proceed differently. First, whenever something is missed, the bail agent will immediately begin trying to talk to their client. This includes trying all known phone numbers for the person, as well as contacting friends and family members to try and get the person’s whereabouts.

If agents cannot get ahold of the person, then the worst will be assumed and investigators will be called in to begin searching for the person. The investigators sometimes referred to as bounty hunters, will track down the person and bring them into the proper authorities to be arrested. The chances of them being granted bail again will be a whole lot slimmer.

The expenses for tracking the person down will be charged to whoever ran. If they cannot pay it, then whoever signed for the bail bond will have to pay for those expenses.

Sometimes Things Happen

Missing a payment or a court date while out on bail can be a very big deal. The immediate thought is that the person ran away, however that isn’t always the case. More often than not it was a mistake or accident and the person is still trying to follow the rules.

If that is the case, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is more than willing to work with our clients. We know that sometimes things happen. As long as our clients talk with us, we will help them deal with their bail.

If people try to run from the court while out on bail, they can expect to be tracked down. Someone will find them and bring them back into custody. Running just delays the inevitable and makes the whole situation worse. Sooner or later, everyone gets caught and has to face what they did.

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Transporting Marijuana in California

Transporting Marijuana in California

Nearly four years ago, Californians voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. That law went into effect in 2018 and as such, there is still some confusion about what is and isn’t legal when it comes to marijuana in the state of California. People are still unsure about what can and cannot get them into trouble when it comes to the drug.

While the drug is legalized for recreational use, it is heavily regulated. If a person doesn’t follow the rules and laws, then they can find themselves in some serious trouble even though they thought they were doing something legal. A big thing that people need to worry about when dealing with marijuana is transporting it.

Transporting and DUI

A big issue with transporting marijuana is the potential for DUI. A person is guilty of DUI if they drive a motor vehicle with drugs or alcohol in their system. This does include driving while high on marijuana.

As such, legal marijuana is subject to the same types of laws as alcohol. This means a driver cannot have an open container of marijuana in their vehicle. Marijuana also needs to be transported in the storage compartment of the vehicle, just like alcohol. Basically, if a person couldn’t expect to do something with alcohol in a vehicle, then they can’t do it with marijuana either.

A person caught driving high will face standard DUI charges.

Marijuana Possession and Transport Laws

When it comes to transporting the drug or someone keeping it on their person, they need to be careful. A person is only allowed to have so much marijuana in their possession at a time. If they have more than that legal amount, then they could face simple possession charges.

As far as California law is concerned, a person over the age of 21 can only have up to 28.5 grams of marijuana, or up to 4 grams of concentrated cannabis, on them at a time. A person having any more than that in their possession at one time is illegal here in California. Having possession of the substance doesn’t just include the person holding the item. It can also include:

• Being in a person’s home.
• Being in a person’s car.

 
The person doesn’t have to actively be holding something to have possession of it, they just need to have the marijuana in a place where they have control. Under this definition, a person can get into trouble with the law if they legally buy more than 28.5 grams of marijuana from a licensed dispensary.

The only time a person can carry or transport more than the personal legal limit is when they are intending to sell it. The only time a person can legally sell marijuana in the state of California is when they have a license to do so.

Penalties for Having Too Much Marijuana

When a person possesses more than the legal amount of marijuana, they can face possession charges under Health and Safety Code (HS) 11357. This law dictates how much marijuana a person can have in their possession at any given time and where they are allowed to have.

Breaking this law is typically a misdemeanor offense that comes with:

• Up to 6 months in county jail.
• A max fine of $500.

 
The charges are reduced to infractions if the person is under the age of 18.

Transporting marijuana with the intent to sell it without a license is illegal under HS 11360. The consequences for breaking this law are typically misdemeanor charges that come with:

Up to 6 months in county jail.
A max fine of $1,000.

 
The charges can be upped to felony charges if a person has certain prior convictions that include:

• Certain serious violent felonies.
• More than 2 prior convictions of HS 11360.
• The defendant knowingly attempted to sell marijuana to a minor.
• Defendants who transported more than the personal legal limit of marijuana into California.

 

Transporting Marijuana across State Lines

As far as federal law is concerned, marijuana is still a schedule 1 hallucinogenic drug, making it very illegal. This means that even if a person follows all of the rules and regulations presented by the California government, they could still get into trouble at the federal level.

Transporting even legal amounts of marijuana can become a problem when a person tries to cross state lines or get onto a plane. As far as airports are concerned, once a person goes through TSA security checkpoints, they are on federal grounds. Federal law takes precedent over state law, which means a person can get into trouble for having any amount of marijuana on them. People should leave their marijuana at home if they plan on flying anywhere.

When crossing state borders, it is important to remember that not all states have legalized marijuana. Many still have the same rules and restrictions as set forth by the federal government. This means that getting caught bringing drugs into another state could have very disastrous consequences depending on the state.

Don’t Get Into Trouble with Marijuana

There is still a lot of confusion surrounding the recreational use of marijuana here in California. Part of this is due to the relative newness of the laws. Another part is due to the varying views on the drug across the country.

When looking at marijuana, a person is better off treating it the same way they would alcohol and cigarettes since it faces many of the same restrictions. It is also better to keep the marijuana here in California and not try to take it across state lines or into federally controlled areas, such as airports. As long as a person can do those things, they shouldn’t run into any trouble with the law.

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What Do You Need to Post Bail

What Do You Need to Post Bail

There’s a lot about bail that the average people do not know. Luckily, the professionals here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles are more than happy to help out and answer questions. One bit of information that can help speed up the bail process is knowing what documentation you will need to post bail. If you have this ready to go when you talk to a bail agent for the first time, bailing someone out of jail will be that much faster.

There are 3 important bits of paperwork that a person will need to post bail with us, and they are:

A recent paycheck stub. This shows that you are working and exactly how much you are making. With this information, we can figure out how much you can afford when it comes to payments. We also accept bank statements that show regular deposits.

Proof of California residency. This can be as simple as an official piece of mail addressed to you with your name on it. This shows that you do live in California.
Valid California ID. This can be a driver’s license, a state-issued ID card, or something else of that nature. This lets us know that you are who you say you are.

Having this paperwork ready to go when you meet with a bail agent can help speed up the bail process immensely. Another way you can help move things along is by talking to friends and family members before contacting an agent. Find out which ones will be willing to help co-sign or pay for the bail bond and then gives their names and number to your bail agent.

Doing these simple things can make a huge difference with how long it takes to bail someone out of jail. It can help make the difference between the release of your loved one taking a day or taking a few hours.

Some of the other benefits that we provide for our clients here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles include:

• 24/7 Bail bond service
• 20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• No hidden fees
• No collateral with working signer
• Se habla Español

 

If you are ready to get started, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us at any time.

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California Labor Laws That Employees Should Know About

California Labor Laws That Employees Should Know About

Most people work their butts off to make the money that they do. They need it to pay for groceries, gas, bills, and anything else they might want to purchase. Money is a precious commodity that everyone is always trying to get more of. Some people get more money by working harder. Others get it by taking advantage of people.

Things can be particularly bad when it is an employer that is taking advantage of its employees. This can lead to employees getting paid less than what they are owed for the work they did. To prevent this from happening, the state of California has several different labor laws meant to protect employees from dishonest employers.

Bad Employers Do Exist

Some of the basics that California’s labor laws cover include minimum wage, overtime, and requiring employees to work off the clock. By putting stuff about these kinds of practices into law, the state of California has made it very difficult for employers to take advantage of hardworking employees.

There are plenty of bad employers out there who will overwork their employees and threaten to replace the person with someone else if they don’t like the working conditions. Other employers make sure that all of their employees are only considered part-time employees so that they do not have to provide certain benefits.

People are better off avoiding employers that are sneaky and shady like this, but since they are so common, California is very on top of labor laws.

California’s Minimum Wage

California is currently working on making it so that the minimum wage for workers in the state is $15 an hour by the year 2023. The current minimum wage for 2020 is $13 an hour for companies with 26 or more employees and $12 an hour for companies with 25 or fewer employees.

This state minimum wage overrides the federal minimum wage which is set at $7.25 an hour.

Employers cannot pay less than the state minimum wage to their employees except under specific circumstances, such as:

• The person is an independent contractor.
• The person is a student employee.
• The person is a camp counselor.
• The person is a participant in a national service program.
• The person is mentally or physically handicapped and working for a non-profit or rehabilitation facility.
• The person is an outside salesperson, someone who spends more than half of their working hours away from the employer’s place of business selling and obtaining items.

 
It is important to note that employers in California have to waiters and other employees who work for tips minimum wage. Employees also cannot agree to be paid less than minimum wage.

Overtime Laws

Some employers out there prefer to overwork their employees and never let them get a day off. This is why the state has strict overtime laws that list when exactly an employee needs to be paid for overtime. These instances are:

• When the employee has worked more than 8 hours that day.
• When the employee has worked more than 40 hours that week.
• When the employee has worked more than 6 days that week.

 
When an employee meets any one of those requirements, their employer has to pay them overtime pay. Typically, in California, this is 1.5 times the employee’s regular hourly pay. So, if a minimum wage employee qualifies for overtime, then their employee needs to pay them $19.50 an hour for each hour of overtime the employee worked.

Overtime only applies to non-exempt employees, such as those who are paid a salary rather than hourly. Under California law, an employee can be considered exempt from overtime laws if they:

• Spend more than half of their time working doing creative, intellectual, or managerial work.
• Exercise discretion and independent judgment regularly when performing that work.
• Earn a monthly salary that is at least double the state minimum wage for a 40-hour workweek.

 
If all three of those criteria are met, then the employee can be considered exempt and the employer does not have to pay them overtime.

What Is Hazard Pay

Hazard pay is an additional payment that an employer may agree to pay to their employee who is working a hazardous job. No law in California requires employers to pay their employees hazard pay. There isn’t even a law that defines what hazards can earn hazard pay.

The following conditions and jobs can be considered hazardous and worthy of hazard pay:

• War zones.
• Hostile locations.
• Healthcare facilities.
• Mining.
• Construction.
• Dangerous or extreme weather.

 
Since there is no law regulating it, hazard pay is an agreement between employer and employee. Typically, hazard pay is an extra percentage of the employee’s wage. For instance, if an employee regularly is paid $13 an hour, and their employer has agreed to pay them an extra 10% as hazard pay, then that person would make $14.30 an hour while working in hazardous conditions. If the employee qualifies for overtime while earning hazard pay, then they’d be paid time and a half based on the hazard pay rate ($14.30) instead of being paid off of their regular rate ($13). This means the overtime rate in this example would be $21.45 an hour.

Some companies have begun issuing hazard pay for people who are working jobs that put them at a greater risk of being exposed to the coronavirus.

Don’t Let an Employer Take Advantage of You

This is just a quick sample of some of the more basic labor laws. If a person is aware of these facts, they are less likely to be taken advantage of by their employer. This, in turn, means that they will be paid what they have earned without having to worry about their boss shorting them.

When everyone is paid a fair rate, and no one is taking advantage of anyone, employees tend to be a lot happier.

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