Cal. Lab. Code § 203

Current through the 2023 Legislative Session.
Section 203 - Failure to pay; penalties
(a) If an employer willfully fails to pay, without abatement or reduction, in accordance with Sections 201, 201.3, 201.5, 201.6, 201.8, 201.9, 202, and 205.5, any wages of an employee who is discharged or who quits, the wages of the employee shall continue as a penalty from the due date thereof at the same rate until paid or until an action therefor is commenced; but the wages shall not continue for more than 30 days. An employee who secretes or absents themselves to avoid payment to them, or who refuses to receive the payment when fully tendered to them, including any penalty then accrued under this section, is not entitled to any benefit under this section for the time during which the employee so avoids payment.
(b) Suit may be filed for these penalties at any time before the expiration of the statute of limitations on an action for the wages from which the penalties arise.

Ca. Lab. Code § 203

Amended by Stats 2019 ch 700 (SB 286),s 2.5, eff. 1/1/2020.
Amended by Stats 2019 ch 253 (SB 671),s 3, eff. 9/5/2019.
Amended by Stats 2014 ch 210 (AB 2743),s 1, eff. 1/1/2015.
Amended by Stats 2008 ch 169 (SB 940),s 2, eff. 1/1/2009.