Many potential exemptions from federal and state overtime laws exist, but they are not necessarily simple to follow. For example, not all workers who are paid a salary are entitled to be exempt from overtime pay. Both California and federal law have very specific requirements which must be met for an employee to be considered exempt from overtime regulations.
Damages for not paying overtime can be significant. In addition to the unpaid overtime, employees may receive interest on the unpaid wages, penalties, and attorneys’ fees.