Workers in California have a right to get a pay stub on each pay day or semi-monthly.

Workers, and former workers, also have a right to see and copy their own pay roll records which bosses are required to keep.

The written pay stub has to be given to you every pay day or semi-monthly and has to include:

  • gross wages
  • total hours worked
  • hourly rate
  • piece rate and piece-rate units produced
  • all deductions
  • net wages
  • dates of the pay period
  • employee's name and the last 4 digits of his social security number or an employee i.d. number
  • legal name and address of the employer

Workers who are paid a salary and exempt from being paid overtime do not have to be given their total hours worked.

Public (state, county, or city) workers do not have a right to pay stubs. If you have a union, you may have rights under your union contract.

Domestic workers (working in your boss's home taking care of the house or children) do not have a right to a pay stub.

Workers, and former workers, can ask to see and copy their own pay roll records which are kept by their boss -- as required by the state.

  • you can ask in writing or verbally (it's best to have written proof of your request)
  • your boss has to let you see your pay roll records within 21 days
  • you can be charged for the actual costs of copies
  • public (state, county, or city) workers do not have a right to see and copy their pay roll records. If you have a union, you may have rights under your union contract.
  • domestic workers (working in your boss's home taking care of the house or children) do not have a right to see pay roll records.

The Law is Enforced by: the CA Labor Commissioner or an employee can file a law suit.

The law: CA Labor Code, Section 226