The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that all covered, nonexempt
employees be paid at least the minimum wage for all hours worked. The FLSA also
provides that covered, nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours in the
workweek must receive at least one and one-half times their regular rate of pay
for the overtime hours (hours worked over 40 in a workweek). A workweek, which
can begin on any day of the week, is 7 consecutive 24-hour periods or 168
To review coverage or
exemptions under the FLSA, click on
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The amount of pay due an employee cannot be determined without knowing
the total number of hours actually worked by that employee in each workweek. An
employee must be paid for all of the time considered to be hours worked and all
time that is hours worked must be counted when determining overtime hours
The Hours Worked Advisor will help employees and employers determine
which hours an employee spends in work related activities are hours worked. The
Advisor applies the principles involved in making that determination under the
FLSA to common situations occurring in the workplace.
The Advisor does not include every possible situation. No conclusion
should be drawn from the fact that a subject or an illustration may not be
Before using this Advisor, you may want to review a brief explanation of
what the FLSA requires and
what the FLSA does NOT require.