Understanding Overtime

1. What Qualifies as Overtime?

The Fair Labor Standard Act defines overtime as hours worked in excess of 40 in a work week at UF. The work week spans from 12:00 am Friday morning to 11:59 pm on the following Thursday.

  • If you are a non-exempt USPS or TEAMS employee:
    • Earn one and one-half hours of overtime compensation for each hour worked beyond 40.
    • Overtime does not include paid time off.

2. Overtime Compensation Process

The Wage & Hour Law requires that all non-exempt USPS or TEAMS employees be compensated for overtime.

  • Compensation can be in the form of paid time off at one and one-half hours for each overtime hour.
  • After accumulating 120 hours of overtime compensatory leave, additional overtime is paid in cash at time and one-half.
  • OPS hourly employees must be paid overtime at one and one-half times their regular rate of pay in cash since they do not accrue leave.
  • Exempt employees are not entitled to overtime pay as per the Wage & Hour Law.
  • Exempt USPS employees can earn “regular compensation” on an hour-four-hour basis for overtime hours up to 120 hours.
  • TEAMS exempt employees do not qualify for “regular compensation” for overtime hours worked.

3. Travel Status and Overtime

  • Travel for University work is considered time worked.
  • Non-exempt employees in official travel status might exceed 40 hours per week due to travel time.
  • In such cases, employees are in overtime status and must be compensated following standard overtime compensation policies.
  • For comprehensive information, please check the Wage and Hour section of this website.

4. Questions about Overtime Pay?

If you have further questions about overtime compensation, please refer to the official UF policy or contact your HR department for clarification.