It’s sometimes easy for both employers and employees to get confused about overtime laws and overtime pay. Federal and state labor laws define overtime as any amount of time that a nonexempt employee works over 40 hours within a given workweek. When an employee does so, their employer is required to pay that worker time-and-a-half for the additional time.
The same overtime and wage laws also define a workweek as a fixed and regularly recurring period of 168 consecutive hours. Workplace disputes oftentimes arise when employers set their own overtime policies that differ from those found within the employment laws.