Most hourly and salaried employees must be paid one and one-half times their regular hourly rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 in one week. For example, if a pay period is bi-weekly and a non-exempt employee works 60 hours during the first week and 20 during the second, the employee must be paid time and one-half for the 20 overtime hours worked during the first week.

Professional, executive and administrative employees are exempt from overtime, as are approximately 20 other classifications of workers. The exemptions can be found in M.G.L. c. 151, s. 1A. If you have questions about whether overtime applies to a specific job, and have reviewed these exemptions, please contact the Regional Office nearest you.  The exemptions under federal law are different.  Please contact the U.S. Department of Labor with questions about federal law.