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Employment Law: Federal and California Sources: Wage & Hour

This guide includes general secondary sources and online government resources. Specialized topics include employment discrimination & harassment, wage & hour law, employee privacy, independent contractors, and workers' compensation.

Wage and Hour Law

Wage and Hour Manual for California Employers, 23rd ed.  Richard J. Simmons.  (Castle Publications, 2020). 

Despite the title, this book provides detailed guidance for both employees and employers on California wage and hour issues.

Library: KFC 575 .S55  (Stacks)


California Wage and Hour: Law and Litigation. Aashish Y. Desai, et al. (CEB, 2010- ).

Includes an overview of California and Federal law, descriptions of enforcement by both the Department of Labor (DOL) and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), as well as information for both plaintiffs and defendants on litigating a wage and hour case.

Library: KFC 575 .C355 (Stacks); also online via CEB OnLaw (UCLA Law School only)


Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California Wages and Hours, George Abele & Kirby Wilcox.  (Matthew Bender, 2018). 

"Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California Wages And Hours provides practical guidance on the most significant wage and hours issues in California. It covers minimum wage coverage, exemptions from minimum wages and overtime, and restrictions on hours of work; determining compensable hours and calculating proper wage payments; wage payment: time, place, manner, and permissible deductions; administrative and judicial remedies; child labor laws; and wage and hour class actions."

Lexis: WAGES & HOURS (*ID/Password Required)

UCLA Law Library Links

Labor and Employment Library, part of the VitalLaw (formerly Cheetah) database (UCLA only): Under "Acts & Statutes" see "Wages-Hours Federal Laws" and "Wages-Hours State Laws, Regulations and Orders."  See also "Treatises & Explanations" for "Wage & Hour Answer Book," "Wage-Hour Compliance Handbook" and "Wages-Hours Explanations."

California Wage and Hour Links

For California wage and hour information, you can visit the Wage Claim Adjudication page of the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) website, or the Frequently Asked Questions link, which is organized by topic. 

For more detailed guidance, see the DLSE Enforcement Policies and Interpretations Manual, available on the DLSE website.

Federal Wage and Hour Links

The Department of Labor has a Wage and Hour Division (WHD). They provide a handy interactive map on minimum wage laws in the states, overviews of minimum wage and overtime pay issues, and information about the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, plus a Frequently Asked Questions section.