What is overtime?

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What is overtime?

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Any hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek. A workweek consists of seven consecutive days. Your employer can choose which day of the week starts the workweek. If you work 42 hours in one workweek, you have worked two hours of overtime.

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Most workers who are paid an hourly wage and work more than 40 hours in a 7-day work week must be paid overtime. When paying overtime, a business must pay at least one and one-half times the worker’s regular hourly rate.

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Overtime is defined as work in excess of 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a workweek. Overtime also is work that is officially ordered and approved by your supervisor. Regardless of tour, overtime hours of work in excess of 8 in a day are not included in computing hours of work in excess of 40 hours in an administrative workweek. (5 CFR 550.111 [a] [1] [2]). Overtime is worked in 15 minute increments. Overtime may be worked only in increments of less than 15 minutes if the work situation is not controlled by the agency. Work of 7 minutes or less is rounded down to zero and work of 8 minutes or more is rounded up to 15 minutes.

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A. For most employees, overtime is the hours a person works over 40 in one workweek. Overtime is supposed to be paid at a rate of one and one-half times an employee’s regular rate of pay. For example, if you make $10 per hour, then you should be paid $15 per hour for all hours worked over 40 in a work week. For a free evaluation of your potential overtime case by an overtime attorney, click here.

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For most employees, overtime hours are any hours actually worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. Actual hours worked does not include time an employee takes off for vacation, sick days, or holidays. Overtime hours are supposed to be paid at time-and-a-half of an employee’s regular rate of pay. For example if you make $10 per hour, then you should be paid $15 per hour for all hours you work over 40 in a work week.

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