Wage statement audits could be well worth the price

by Sonya Goodwin

Wouldn’t it be better if companies could get things right before being sued by their employees? It’s certainly possible. An audit by legal counsel would quickly identify errors and omissions, helping companies correct errors before it’s too late.

When a unanimous California Supreme Court ruled in May (Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, (2009) 172 Cal.App.4th 654, 660, that premium wages for rest and meal periods were to be considered “wages” under California law, it took many employers by surprise. But it should have been no surprise to my employer clients. For the past few years, I have counseled them repeatedly that they need to reflect these premiums on their wage statements.

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