The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay eligible employees an overtime premium -- time and a half -- if they work more than 40 hours a week. The FLSA was enacted during the Great Depression; its overtime provisions were intended to create an incentive for employers to spread their work around to more employees.  

The articles in this section explain the federal overtime rules as well as state laws on overtime. If you're wondering who is entitled to earn overtime, whether your employer can make overtime work mandatory, how overtime pay is calculated, or whether you are entitled to pay for unauthorized overtime, you'll find the answers you need here.  

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