Florida Overtime laws & compensation compliance analysis

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 accruing and receiving payment of compensatory leave credits biannually are allowed to accumulate up to 80 hours of credit. 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.
• Employees accruing and receiving payment of compensatory leave credits annually are allowed to accumulate up to 160 hours of credit. At the close of business on December 31 annually, employees are paid for all unused credits at the employees' regular rate of pay.
• 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.
• When a state employee is called back to work beyond the scheduled hours, the employee is credited with ...

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