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California Full-Time Hours
(New Labor Laws in 2024)

The traditional definition of full-time work in California is between 32 and 40 hours per week. However, after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, workers are considered part-time if they work less than 30 hours per week, and full-time if they work 30 or more hours per week.
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After How Many Hours Do I Get Paid Overtime in California?

California law requires that employers pay overtime at the rate of 1.5 times the employee's regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 8 up to and including 12 hours in any workday, and for the first 8 hours of work on the 7th consecutive day of work in a workweek, and double the employee's regular rate for all hours worked more than 12 in any workday and for all hours worked more than 8 on the 7th consecutive day of work in a workweek.

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What is the Longest Shift You Can Legally Work in California?

There is no specific cap on the number of hours an employee can legally work in a day in California. However, labor laws specify that non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 8 hours in a single workday, or more than 40 hours in a single workweek.

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What are the New Labor Laws for California in 2024?

Starting in Jan. 2024, employers with 25 or fewer employees must pay agriculture workers overtime after 9 hours per day or 50 hours per week. For companies with 26 or more employees, employers must pay agriculture workers overtime after 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week.

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How Employers Calculate Full-Time Equivalent Under the Affordable Care Act

An employer determines its number of full-time-equivalent employees for a month by combining the number of hours of service of all non-full-time employees for the month and dividing the total by 120.

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How Does Eligibility Status Change Under the ACA When a Worker Switches from Full-Time to Part-Time?

A full-time employee who is in a stability period and experiences a change in employment status to part-time will remain full-time for ACA purposes until the end of the stability period. The employee’s full-time status is kept “stable” for the entire stability period regardless of how many hours per week the employee is currently working.

Also Read: California Labor Code Section 221

Can Employees Work 7 Days in a Row in California?

California law usually prohibits an employer from requiring you to work more than 6 out of 7 days in a given workweek. Under California Labor Code sections 551 and 552, employees are entitled to 1 day of rest out of 7, and employers cannot require their employees to work more than 6 days per week. If your boss violates these rules, they could be guilty of a misdemeanor.

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