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Overtime: Wisconsin

Overtime requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Tony H. McGrath, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP


  • Wisconsin employers are required to pay overtime to all nonexempt employees at a rate of one and one-half the employee's regular rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. See Computing Overtime.
  • Wisconsin's overtime regulation is expansive, but excludes nonprofit enterprises. See Employer Coverage.
  • Public employees may be compensated for overtime with time off instead of monetary payment. See Compensatory Time.
  • Most nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay when they have worked more than 40 hours in a workweek. There are, however, exceptions to this general rule that apply to government police officers, firefighters and EMS workers, and to some medical care providers. See Alternative Work Periods.