Q. When is overtime pay due?
A. Overtime is paid at the rate of time and one half after forty hours of actual work in a seven-day workweek, with the exception of certain salaried employees who meet the definition of an executive, administrative or professional.
Q. Does my employer have to pay me overtime or double time for working on a holiday, Saturday or Sunday?
A. No. Overtime pay must be paid at a rate of time and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay for each hour actually worked in excess of 40 hours in the workweek.
Q. If I work 40 hours and get 8 hours of holiday pay for a total of 48 hours of pay for the week, does my employer have to pay overtime for the hours over 40?
A. No, not unless the employee physically worked over 40 hours in the workweek. Overtime wages must be paid at a rate of time and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay for each hour actually worked in excess of 40 hours in the workweek.
Q. If an employee wants to work overtime (in excess of 40 hours in the workweek) and will accept straight time, can the employee waive his/her right to overtime pay?
A. No, the employee and the employer cannot mutually agree to violate overtime law.
Q. How does an employer compute the overtime rate for a worker who has two or more job titles with different hourly rates?
A. The overtime rate is calculated by using the weighted averaged method. The total gross wage is divided by the total number of hours worked to obtain the average hourly rate. The average hourly rate is then divided in half to determine the additional premium (half-time) rate due the employee.
An employee does clerical work for $10.00 per hour and is also a hostess for $7.75 per hour. The employee works 30 hours at $10.00 per hour and 16 hours at $7.75 per hour for a total of 46 hours during the week. The overtime rate due the employee is calculated as follows:
30 hours x $10.00 per hour = $300.00
16 hours x $7.75 per hour = $124.00
Total gross = $424.00
The total gross ($424.00) is divided by the total hours (46) to obtain the average hourly rate. The average hourly rate is $9.22 per hour.
The employee is still due the additional premium pay (half-time) for the 6 overtime hours. The average hourly rate ($9.22) is divided in half. The half-time rate is $4.61.
6 overtime hours x $4.61 = $27.66
The $27.66 (premium pay) is added to the original gross amount of $424.00. The new gross amount is $451.66. This is the amount that must be paid to the employee for the week.
Q. Can my employer require me to work overtime?
A. Yes. An employer can require an employee to work overtime provided the employer pays the appropriate overtime wages and does not violate any existing employer-employee collective bargaining agreement.
Q. Can my employer require me to work overtime if I am a health care worker?
A. There are special regulations involving health care workers and mandatory overtime.
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