Q. Do we have to pay overtime on Saturdays, even though the employee has not worked 40 hours in that pay period?
A. You can find information regarding Federal rules for overtime work at the following Department of Labor (DOL) web page: http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/workhours/weekend.htm
According to the DOL:
"Extra pay for working during weekends is generally a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee (or the employee's representative). The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require extra pay for weekend work. However, covered, non-exempt employees must be paid at least one and one-half times their regular rates of pay for the time worked over 40 hours in a workweek."
If you require further explanation of the DOL regulations concerning weekend or overtime pay, assistance is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time by calling, 1-866-4-USA-DOL, TTY: 1-877-889-5627. (Reviewed: August 17, 2009)