Overtime Eligibility

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What is a Work Period Designation?

Work Period Designations identify an employee’s eligibility to receive additional pay for overtime worked. It is up to each agency to assign the work period designation. If an employer would like assistance in reviewing a position's work period designation, submit your request to the Classification and Compensation Mailbox. The agency's assigned consultants will assist you. When changing the work period designation from overtime eligible to overtime exempt or law enforcement you must request approval from the Director of the Office of the State HR Director. 

Applicable Work Period Designations include:


Positions determined to be covered under the mandatory overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Overtime-eligible employees earn overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a single workweek. Overtime rules for non-represented employees

All state agencies require overtime eligible employees to document hours worked.


Positions determined not eligible for the mandatory overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Applicable Rules:

Rules and practices may vary between represented and non-represented employees. Check the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement, or talk to the agency’s or institution’s Human Resource staff.