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California Truck Driver Laws on Overtime Wages, Waiting Time, Meal Periods, and Rest Breaks

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California Driver Overtime, Waiting Time, Meal Periods, and Rest Breaks

As a career truck driver, you’re tired and worn out after every trip. Your whole family lives on your paychecks, so they understand how long you need to be away from home to make your living. But the truth is that you may only be getting a fraction of the pay that you have earned on the job, all because your company is taking advantage of you (and hoping you never find out).

Getting your rightfully-earned wages back from the trucking company can be tough, but it is worth it. Some truckers have successfully recovered tens of thousands of dollars from the companies they worked for over the years. We have represented hundreds of California truck and delivery drivers just like you, and you can join the fight to get fair pay for your drive time.

Request a free copy of our informative book, California Truck & Delivery Driver Wage Theft Guide. I wrote the book to help truckers and delivery drivers like yourself to help them research their cases.


California Trucking Companies Often Underpay Commercial Driver Wages

It doesn’t matter if you’re paid by the hour, by the mile, by the stop, or by piece rate: if you are a commercial delivery truck driver, your company is probably trying to rip you off. Carriers and truck owners have multiple ways they can hold back your hard earned money, including:

Overtime Pay:

There are both federal and state laws that dictate which truckers can earn overtime pay. For a list of the workers exempt from overtime pay in California, click the related article link on this page.

Uncompensated Time:

The trucking company is required to pay you for all hours worked, not just the hours you spend behind the wheel. The time you spend on pre-trip and post-trip inspections, waiting, fueling, and all other non-driving time spent on the job should all show up on your paycheck. However, piece rate or by-the-mile drivers are rarely given their full-time compensation.

Meal Periods and Rest Breaks:

 Under California law, drivers are required to be relieved of all duties during meal and rest periods. These breaks should be provided to all drivers; they should allow the driver to leave the cab and cargo, and they should be paid by your employer. Despite this strict law, drivers often are forced to eat while driving, eat standing next to their rigs, or are not even provided any meal or rest breaks.


Having Your Wages Stolen?

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William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”
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