Wage orders in California explain and provide the wage, hour, and working condition requirements for specific industries. The Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) regulates these standards. There are 17 California Wage Orders:

  1. Manufacturing industry
  2. Personal Services Industry
  3. Canning, freezing, and preserving industry
  4. Professional, technical, clerical, mechanical, and similar occupations
  5. Public housekeeping industry
  6. Laundry, linen supply, dry cleaning, and dyeing industry
  7. Mercantile industry
  8. Industries handling products after harvest
  9. Transportation industry
  10. Amusement and recreation industry
  11. Broadcasting industry
  12. Motion picture industry
  13. Industries preparing agricultural products for market, on the farm
  14. Agricultural occupations
  15. Household occupation
  16. Certain on-site occupations in the construction, drilling, logging and mining industries
  17. Miscellaneous employees

The most common wage order is for the minimum wage.

What Do Wage Orders Cover?

Wage orders cover a variety of work related matters. The most common are:

  • Overtime qualifications
  • Maintenance of records
  • Reporting-time pay
  • Work breaks

What Are Employers Obligated to Do?

Wage orders are employment laws that require strict compliance by an employer. This means employers need to:

  • Know the wage order that applies to their business
  • Understand the wage order
  • Follow the wage order
  • Post the wage order at work and in an area that is accessible to employees

Do I Need an Employment Lawyer?

Yes. A California employment lawyer can help you determine whether you are complying with wage orders. A lawyer can also assist you with any claims made by employees about wages, hours, or working conditions.