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Overtime: When is it due to me?

unemployed_personQ: When is overtime due?

A: For covered, nonexempt 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 workweek. Some exceptions to the 40 hours per week standard apply under special circumstances to police officers and firefighters employed by public agencies and to employees of hospitals and nursing homes.

Some states also have enacted overtime laws. Where an employee is subject to both the state and federal overtime laws, the employee is entitled to overtime according to the higher standard (i.e., the standard that will provide the higher rate of pay).

4 Responses to Overtime: When is it due to me?

  1. I worked for a hotel for 4 yrs. Since I started I would work 48 to 50 hrs a week with no overtime pay. There was one month I was putting in 70 to 80 hrs in one week. when I asked my boss if he was going to pay me my overtime he quickly typed up a contract waivering my rights to ask for my OT, and said if I did not sign he would look for someone else to replace me. I had to sign at the moment I was a single mother. I had no paid maternity leave wich I ended up going back to work 2 days after giving birth. Bills wont pay themselves. To top it off in January 2014 my dad was in icu on life support for 3 weeks, I live in Ar and my dad in Tx I told my boss I was leaving for 3 weeks he said it was fine but when I came back he said he thought I didnt want to work anymore so he hired someone else. Ive been out of a job for 2 months. What do I need to do to get my overtime paid to me? Will I qualify for unemployment?

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