Overtime generally means earning additional pay for time worked after the employee ends a regular workday.
If you work overtime, your employer is required to do two things:
- Keep detailed time records
- Pay at least one and a half times your regular pay rate.
Employees are due overtime pay for working more than 40 hours per week in most situations required by Federal Law.
To determine if you are entitled to overtime pay, you should first make sure you are not exempt.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay minimum wage and overtime. Employers must follow the act unless an exemption applies. The FLSA only applies if there is an employment relationship. Special rules apply for many different situations. Unfortunately, some employers take advantage of the many different laws, paying employees less than what is required.