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Florida Overtime: What you need to know

Aside from provisions concerning manual laborers, the state of Florida has no specific overtime law of its own. Consequently, all overtime questions involving employees in the private sector are governed by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
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Florida law states that a legal day's work for a manual laborer is 10 hours (FL Stat. Sec. 448.01). Unless there is a written contract that specifies otherwise, the employer is not permitted to require manual laborers to work a longer day without extra pay.
A state employee eligible for overtime may instead receive compensatory time off under an agreement with the employer, which provides that:
• At the end of a workweek, all overtime hours are credited as compensatory leave at the rate of 11/2 hours' credit for each hour of overtime worked.
• Employees are allowed to accumulate up to 80 hours of credit.
• Employees are allowed to use credits in any increments agreed on by the employer and employee. Absent a mutual agreement, a supervisor may require an employee, with 5 days' notice, to use the credits at any time in increments of full workdays.
• At the close of business on June 30 or December 31 annually, employees are paid for all unused credits at the employees' regular rate of pay.
• When a state employee is called back to work beyond the scheduled hours, the employee is credited with the actual time worked or 2 hours, whichever is greater (FL Admin. Code Sec. 60L-34.0031).
Every employer with at least one employee who is covered by the federal FLSA must post a notice outlining the federal overtime requirements. This notice is available from any of these five locations:
Ft. Lauderdale Office:
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