When is overtime due?
For covered, non-exempt employees, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires overtime pay at a rate of not less than one and one-half times an employee’s regular rate of pay after 40 hours of work in a 7-day “work week” (“time-and-a-half”). Some exceptions to the 40 hours per week standard apply under special circumstances, including police officers and fire fighters employed by public agencies and employees of hospitals and nursing homes.
Am I eligible for overtime?
A worker’s eligibility for overtime pay depends on how the individual is categorized under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other laws. Workers are generally divided into two categories: “exempt” and “non-exempt.” Only “non-exempt” workers are legally entitled to overtime pay.
Exempt employees are typically those in executive, professional, and administrative jobs, such as lawyers, doctors, accountants, outside sales professionals, and technology workers. Certain seasonal and domestic service jobs also are exempt. Courts typically look at a worker’s specific job duties, rather than general job title, in determining exempt status.