Overtime: California Style

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CEU Approved | Pre Recorded

  • 90 minutes

California—The Golden State has a style all its own. That is certainly true when it comes to calculating overtime. One of only four states that require daily overtime it also requires employees to be paid double time on a daily and weekly basis. With arguably the greatest number of requirements to pay overtime on the books of any state, processing payroll and keeping in compliance with California overtime rules can be a complex situation. In addition to laws that are strictly Californian, the Federal wage and hour laws may also apply. For example, California does not have its own definition of “regular rate of pay” or “workweek” but follows the Federal. So the person processing payroll in the state must understand not only California’s overtime requirements but the Federal as well.

Join us with expert Vicki Lambert as she guides you in understanding the requirements for calculating overtime and double time in California and to ensure compliance with the state’s wage and hour laws. She will provide a sound knowledge of:

  • The terms used in wage and hour law regarding paying overtime such as “regular rate of pay”, “workweek”, “fluctuating workweek” and “alternative workweek”. 

  • The calculations needed for when an employee is paid different rates of pay within the same workweek and is due overtime pay.

  • Discuss the requirements for compensatory time off as opposed to make-up time and explain the difference between the two under California law. 

  • Where California follows the federal standards and where it differs and how to determine which has priority.

Learning Benefits:

  • Overtime: CA has daily and weekly overtime and daily and weekly double time. Learn how to determine when its straight time, overtime or double time and how to calculate it.

  • The definition of a workweek and a workday and their effects on calculating overtime.

  • Alternative workweeks: Are your employees eligible to have alternative workweeks and are you required to offer them?

  • What are considered hours worked?

  • How does California require employers to calculate the regular rate of pay?

  • Do the eight exceptions to inclusion of payments in the regular rate of pay under the FLSA also apply in California?

  • Compensatory time instead of overtime—is it permitted in CA?

  • Handling make-up time properly.

  • What to do when an employee is paid two or more rates in a work week?

  • Overtime for piece workers and commissioned employees.

  • What is California’s policy on fluctuating workweeks and overtime pay?

  • Are meal and rest period sanctions included in the regular rate of pay?

  • Tip credit and compulsory service charges and their effect on overtime. 

  • Wage orders and their requirements for overtime. 

  • Overtime and agricultural workers.

Who Will Benefit:

  • Payroll professionals

  • Compensation Professionals

  • Benefits Professionals

  • Human Resources Professionals

  • Accounting Personnel

  • Business Owners

  • Lawmakers

  • Attorneys

  • Any individual or entity responsible for paying overtime to employees that work in the State of California 

Vicki  Lambert

Vicki Lambert

Vicki M. Lambert, CPP, is President and Academic Director of The Payroll Advisor™, a firm specializing in payroll education and training. The company offers a payroll news service which keeps payroll professionals up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations. 

With over 35 years of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 20 years as a trainer and author, Ms. Lambert has become the most sought-after and respected voice in the practice and management of payroll issues. She has conducted open market training seminars on payroll issues across the United States that have been attended by executives and professionals from some of the most prestigious firms in business today.

A pioneer in electronic and online education, Ms. Lambert produces and presents payroll related audio seminars, webinars and webcasts for clients, APA chapters and business groups throughout the country. Ms. Lambert is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University in Southern California and is the creator of and instructor for their Practical Payroll Online program, which is approved for recertification hours by the APA. She is also the Program Developer, Subject Matter Expert (SME), and Facilitator for the Certificate in Payroll Practice and Management Program offered by Cengage Learning / Ed2Go through hundreds of colleges and universities across the country.

"Overtime: California Style


The course has a lot of useful material including job aides to help you calculate those difficult pay areas. Vicki keeps the webinar moving quickly and brings real life examples to help understand why we process Payrolls in a certain way.

by Sherri Staver

Overtime: California Style


This was a fast paced webinar that dealt with the many facets needed to understand the California rules around overtime pay. The instructor was energetic and kept my attention for the full 90 minutes. I left the webinar confident that my organization has been properly calculating OT for our California employees. I'd recommend this webinar to others with employees in California.

by William Vanca, Draeger

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, SPHRi™ recertification through the HR Certification Institute. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

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