Pay Periods & Overtime FAQ

Pay Periods and Overtime FAQs

How do pay periods affect overtime pay?

Pay periods do not affect the calculation of overtime. Overtime is calculated based on a workweek. A workweek is a 7 day period that your employer establishes and it must remain consistent. The workweek can start on any day of the week. For example, your employer may establish that the workweek runs from Monday through Sunday or from Wednesday to Tuesday.

If the pay period ends during a workweek, this does NOT affect the calculation of overtime. You continue to count your work hours through the end of the workweek to determine how much overtime you may be due.

Example: Assume your employer’s workweek runs from Monday to Sunday. You work 6 days in a row from Tuesday through Sunday, 8 hours per day, for a total of 48 hours. The pay period ends on Friday. The 32 hours you worked from Tuesday through Friday should be on your paycheck but this does not mean you stop counting your hours worked for the week for overtime purposes. Your next check should include the remaining 16 hours you worked that workweek (Saturday & Sunday) PLUS overtime pay for 8 hours because you worked a total of 48 hours for the workweek.

Your employer may change when their workweek starts but the change cannot be made to avoid paying overtime.

I work more than 80 hours in a pay period but I still don’t get overtime pay.

Learn more about the labor laws concerning this matter here.