California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) regulates wages and hours of nonexempt employees. DIR established an Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC), which created documents called Wage Orders. Wage Orders are numbered 1 through 17, with each number followed by the year in which the Wage Order was last amended and reprinted. The IWC is currently not in operation. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) continues to enforce the provisions of the wage orders. In addition, wage and hour changes may be made through the legislative process.
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