Alternative Workweek Schedule: Guide for CA Employers Only

Step-by-Step Instructions, Forms and Support

California is one of a few states that require overtime to be paid when an employee works over 8 hours in a day. This is in addition to the federal requirement that overtime be paid for more than 40 hours of work in a week.

An Alternative Workweek Schedule (AWS) means any regularly scheduled workweek requiring an employee to work more than eight hours in a day but not more than 40 hours in a week. A legally implemented AWS results in not paying daily overtime. Some restrictions and limitations apply.

The AWS allows employees and supervisors to mutually agree upon a varied distribution of their normal work hours. If not implemented properly, employers risk wage & hour penalties and back pay. This step-by-step guide clearly explains the procedures, rules, and timelines to implement an alternative work schedule in your office.

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