For covered, nonexempt employees, Fair Labor Standards Act requires overtime pay at a rate of
not less than one and one-half times an employee's regular rate of pay after 40 hours of work in a
workweek. Some exceptions to the 40 hours per week standard apply under special circumstances to
police officers and fire fighters employed by public agencies and to employees of hospitals and nursing
homes. Some states have also enacted overtime laws. Where an employee is subject to both the state
and Federal overtime laws, the employee is entitled to overtime according to the higher standard (i.e.,
the standard that will provide the higher rate of pay).