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What is a Wage Order?

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A wage order, first developed by the Industrial Welfare Commission but currently regulated by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), outlines employment requirements relating to minimum wage, overtime, reporting-time pay, meal and rest periods, and more. California has 17 different wage orders categorized by industry or occupation and will contain information specific to the industry or occupation it covers.

What are Employers Obligated to do?

Wage orders contain employment laws that require strict compliance by an employer. Employers must:

  • Know which wage order applies to their business
  • Understand the contents of the wage order
  • Comply with the requirements included in their business’ wage order
  • Post the wage order at work and in an area that is accessible to all employees. Typically, the document is posted in the same area as the company’s labor law posters.


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