When employees receive wages by direct deposit, employers are generally required to provide its employees with a wage statement in writing on a page of paper.

Some employers choose to only provide employees with electronic access to employee wage statements. Employers violate the law when the employees are not provided a choice to receive paper wage statements as an alternative to electronic wage statements. In other words, employers violate the California Labor Code when employers provide electronic access to wage statements but do not give employees the opportunity to receive paper wage statements at no cost to the employees.

Failing to provide the itemized statement in writing on paper is considered a wage statement violation and subjects the employer to damages and penalties.

As well, within each wage statement itself, employers are required to include an itemization of employee wages, overtime pay, hours worked, and more. The wage statement must include:

  • gross wages earned;
  • the number of sick leave days available to the employee;
  • total hours worked by the employee;
  • the number of piece-rate units earned and any applicable piece rate if the employee is paid on a piece-rate basis;
  • all deductions, provided that 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 only 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; and
  • all applicable hourly rates in effect during the pay period and the corresponding number of hours worked at each hourly rate by the employee.


You Have The Right To Contact A Lawyer About Your Rights

If your employer is violating the wage statement rules then you have the right to contact an attorney to discuss your rights free of charge.

At Righetti • Glugoski, P.C., we are here to help employees understand their rights. Please contact our law firm for an immediate, complimentary, and confidential consultation. You may call us at 415-983-0900 or toll free at 800-447-5549, or via email at [email protected].

Our attorneys have decades of courtroom experience handling employee issues both for individual employees and in complex class actions. We have a nationwide reputation for success representing employees and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in both court and in settlements.

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