Urasawa is an expensive restaurant in Los Angeles. The average bill is over $1,000 but it gets rave reviews. However, this acclaim and charging these prices apparently did not prevent Urasawa from cutting corners when paying at least 3 of their employees. As a result, in 2013, Urasawa was fined by the California Labor Commissioner for violations ranging from unpaid overtime to unpaid rest and meal breaks to the failure to provide the proper information on their employee’s paystubs. The total fine for these violations was about $65,000.
Less well known requirements are what must be on employee paystubs or wage statements. Those requirements are found in California Labor Code section 226:
Pursuant to Labor Code Section 226(a), semimonthly or every time you are paid your wages, whether by check, in cash, or otherwise, you must be given a detachable part of the check or a separate writing showing required information. Note: Effective January 1, 2008, only the last four digits of your social security number, or an employee identification number other than a social security number may be shown on the itemized statement. (Labor Code Section 226(a)(7)) The following information is required to be on your itemized statement:
- Gross wages earned
- Total hours worked (not required for salaried exempt employees)
- The number of piece-rate units earned and any applicable piece rate if the employee is paid on a piece rate basis
- All deductions (all deductions made on written orders of the employee may be aggregated and shown as one item)
- Net wages earned
- The inclusive dates of the period for which the employee is paid
- The name of the employee and the last four digits of his or her social security number or an employee identification number other than a social security number
- The name and address of the legal entity that is the employer
- All applicable hourly rates in effect during the pay period, and the corresponding number of hours worked at each hourly rate by the employee
Roseville attorney Kulvinder Singh has been licensed to practice law in California since 1996. His website is www.singhlawoffice.com and telephone number is (916) 939-5151.