Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and overtime

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes:

  • minimum wage
  • overtime pay
  • record keeping standards
  • child labor standards

Covered non-exempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage and overtime pay at a rate of not less than one and one-half times their regular rates of pay after 40 hours of physical work in a work week.

 As a public sector employer, the University may use equivalent compensatory time off instead of the direct dollars. The FLSA also provides that an employee may be “exempt” from the overtime provisions if certain requirements are met.

  • Overtime pay

    Hourly employees must receive overtime pay for any hours worked over 40 per workweek.

  • Compensatory time off

    Only non-exempt, benefit eligible employees can earn compensatory time off for hours worked over 40 per workweek.

  • Compensatory travel time

    Non-exempt employees are eligible to receive compensatory time off for travel.




The U.S. Department of Labor administers the FLSA.