Wisconsin law requires that covered employers pay a nonexempt employee overtime in the amount of 11/2 times the employee's regular pay rate for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek (WI ADC and DWD Sec. 274.01et seq.). Wisconsin does not require that overtime be paid for hours worked in excess of 8 per day or on weekends or holidays.
Wisconsin law prohibits an employer from allowing an employee to work during a period of a day or week that endangers the employee's life, health, safety, or welfare.
Because the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to virtually all enterprises involved in interstate commerce, most Wisconsin employers are covered by the federal law. Employers that are covered by both state and federal law must comply with the law that sets the higher standard of protection for employees.