Guest blog post by Mikella Wickham:

They say location is everything in business.  How about classification of workers?

In certain industries, workers have a unique combination of specified skills and

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relative freedom to do their job.  As a result, small businesses are stuck between

California law generally requires the payment of overtime to non-exempt employees for hours worked over 8 in one workday, and over 40 in one workweek, and on the 7th day of the workweek. The calculation is straightforward for non-exempt employees paid only an hourly wage. But some employers pay hourly employees a fixed salary, such

California employees are exempt from the overtime requirements if they satisfy the executive, professional, or administrative exemptions. Of these, the administrative exemption is the least well-defined.

Much of this uncertainty stems from the requirement that the employee’s duties involve “performance of office or non-manual work directly related to management policies or general business operations of


California law requires that non-exempt employees be paid overtime after 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. In many states, and under federal law, employees earn overtime only after 40 hours in a week, regardless of the number of hours worked in a day. So what