Hours of Work and Recording Time Worked

​​​California law contains many provisions about the hours that​ employees can work, including meal and rest periods. The law also specifies when break time must be paid and when it can be unpaid. If you fail to comply with these laws, you will be subject to penalties. These penalties can increase your compensation costs for nonexempt employees by as much as 20 percent.​

Some local governments also impose scheduling requirements.

  • Check to see if any local ordinance governs employee scheduling requirements in places where you conduct business or where employees are located.
  • CalChamber’s Local Ordinances section features detailed information on local employment-related ordinances in California, including ordinances that might affect your scheduling requirements. The Local Ordinances section covers the ordinances that may apply and offers a convenient map and wizard to help employers determine which local ordinances they might need to comply with.​