In addition to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which protects all employees working in the country, each state has its own labor laws to protect workers within the state. To make sure employers don’t take advantage of their workers, these labor laws regulate things like minimum wage and overtime, but some of them also require companies to be transparent when paying their employees.
California labor law, for example, requires employers to provide their workers with accurate itemized wage statements along with their paychecks. These statements need to accurately define the pay period, the number of hours the employee worked in that pay period, the employee’s hourly wage, total wages paid, and any and all deductions made from the employee’s pay, such as taxes, health insurance, and Social Security. Continue reading