Being your own boss has many advantages, but with owning your own business comes many responsibilities, including preparing proper wage statements for your employees. The State of California has a number of legal requirements concerning wage statements and what information must appear on wage statements, which we’ve gathered for you below. If you have any questions or concerns about the wage statements you have been preparing for your employees, or if you are an employee who believes that you employer is not complying with California law and regulations surrounding wage statement information, please call us today to speak to the experienced and knowledgeable employment law staff at the Law Office of Robert David Baker, Inc. we represent California employees who are with employers who don’t play by the rules – and California employers who are looking to comply with the law and treat their employees fairly and with respect. Employment law is what we specialize in, and we’re ready to help you through whatever employment law question, issue or trouble you may be experiencing.

What do employers have to include on wage statements in California?

In the State of California, Section 226 of the state Labor Code requires the following information be displayed on wage statements in a format that an employee can read and find information “promptly and easily”:

Gross (pre-tax) wages earned;

Total hours worked by an hourly (nonexempt) employee;

All deductions;

Net wages earned;

The dates for the period the employee is paid in that wage statement;

The name of the employee and the last four digits of his/her social security number or an employee identification number;

The employer’s legal name and address;

If applicable, the employee’s hourly pay rate and the corresponding number of hours worked at that hourly rate; and

For employees paid on a piece-rate basis, the number of piece rate units earned, regardless of time worked.

The State of California takes wage and hour violations very seriously, and serious fines and penalties can result from violations, including a failure to include the correct information on employees’ wage statements. If you are a California employee and your employer refuses to provide you a wage statement, or provides you a wage statement that does not include the required information listed above, call our office to schedule your free initial consultation. If you have been denied pay, or are dealing with an employer who is otherwise not playing fairly, we are here to protect you and your rights. Our law office has been fighting for the right’s of working Californians for years, and we’re not afraid to take on employers of all sizes and industries. Call us today to learn more about your rights under the law.