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Understanding overtime laws in Kentucky

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2020 | Employment Law For Employers

Workers who are eligible for the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) are entitled to overtime pay. While the FLSA is a federal law, in Kentucky there is also an additional law that employers must adhere to.

If you are a worker in Kentucky and you believe that you are owed overtime pay, it is important that you first understand how the law works in your state. When you understand what you are owed, you will be more empowered to take the appropriate action.

The rules under the FLSA

The FLSA Overtime Provision states that eligible employees must be paid 1.5 times their regular pay for the overtime hours that they work. Overtime under the FLSA is defined as any hours worked over 40 hours in one workweek.

How do Kentucky laws affect overtime provisions?

In Kentucky, if a worker works in excess of eight hours in one day, they do not qualify for overtime pay for this. Kentucky workers do not automatically get paid overtime for working on weekends or holidays either.

In addition, Kentucky employees are entitled to overtime pay if they work seven days in one workweek. In this case, they will be entitled to be paid overtime for the seventh day of labor.

Who is exempt from overtime pay in Kentucky?

Those who earn a salary and those who work in restaurants or hotels are not entitled to overtime pay in Kentucky. This is also true for those who work in administrative positions, retail or sales.

If you believe that you are owed overtime pay in Kentucky, you should take swift action so that you can get the wages that you deserve.