Does an employer have to pay its employees overtime if they work on a Saturday or Sunday?

Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act does not require an employer to pay its employees overtime just because they work on a weekend. (Of course, if working on a Saturday or Sunday results in the employees working more than 40 hours in a workweek, the employees will be owed overtime.) However, the following states have relevant overtime laws:

  • California requires employers to pay their employees overtime when they work a seventh consecutive day in a workweek;
  • Connecticut requires restaurants to pay their employees overtime when they work a seventh consecutive day in a workweek; and
  • Massachusetts and Rhode Island require employers to pay certain employees overtime when they work on a Sunday.

Also, an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement may require the payment of overtime for work on a Saturday or Sunday.