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Overview: California's overtime is based on an 8-hour day and 40-hour workweek, unlike most other states who work off of a 40-hour workweek. It is detailed here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/faq_overtime.htm


How does an employee earn overtime or double time in California?

Employees can earn overtime or double time under the following circumstances:

  • Overtime for working beyond 8 hours in a day

  • Double time for working beyond 12 hours in a day

  • Overtime for working beyond 40 hours in a week

  • Overtime for working 8 hours on the 7th consecutive day.

  • Double time for working beyond 8 hours on the 7th consecutive day.


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