Law enforcement officers employed by the state must receive either an overtime premium or compensatory time off for hours worked in excess of 40 during a calendar week (AL Code Sec. 36-21-4). Overtime pay is 11/2 times the normal hourly rate. Compensatory time is awarded at the rate of 11/2 hours off for each hour of overtime worked. For the first 8 hours worked over 40, the officer may decide whether he or she wants overtime pay or compensatory time. After working 48 hours in a week, it is the department's decision whether the officer will receive overtime pay or compensatory time.
Officers must choose between pay and compensatory time on the last day of the calendar month in which the extra hours were worked. If the officer chooses the money, it must be included in his or her pay for the next pay period. Compensatory leave may be taken at any time during the calendar year in which it was earned, except during a time of emergency.