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California law on uniform clothing

Under California law, employers are generally not required to provide employees with uniforms or to  pay for the cost of the uniforms. However, if an employer does require employees to wear a uniform  or specific clothing on the job, the employer is required to provide and maintain those items at no  cost to the employee. 

In addition, if the uniform or clothing required by the employer is distinctive in nature (e.g., has a  company logo or is not generally suitable for ordinary use), the employer is required to reimburse  the employee for the cost of the uniform or clothing. This reimbursement must be made regardless  of whether the uniform or clothing is purchased or rented by the employee. 

California law also requires that employers provide employees with a reasonable amount of time to  change into and out of the required uniform or clothing. This time is generally considered to be  compensable work time and must be paid. 

It’s important to note that there are exceptions and additional requirements that may apply  depending on the industry and type of job. If you have questions about uniform clothing and your  rights as an employee in California, you should consult with a qualified employment attorney.

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