Q. What’s the definition of a standard workweek? One of our employees claims that overtime is defined as anything over eight hours per workday. Is he correct?
A. No. Generally under federal law, overtime is to be paid for hours worked over 40 in a week. The week that is used is whatever seven-day period the company normally views as its workweek.
You can—but don’t have to—also pay overtime for hours worked over eight in a day.
Hospitals are permitted to enter into agreements with employees calling for a 14-day period (instead of seven days) to be the basis for overtime. In those cases, employees receive overtime pay for working over eight hours in a day and 80 hours in the 14-day period.