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Your pay

Overtime pay

“Overtime” means any hours you work over your normal weekly hours (see “Hours, shifts and breaks / Your weekly hours” in this chapter). Whether you’re paid at a higher rate for overtime, and if so then exactly what rate, will depend on your particular employment agreement. There’s no legal requirement for your employers to pay you more than your normal rate.

An agreement might provide, for example, that the employee will be paid at time-and-a-half for overtime up to a certain number of hours on a given day, and then double-time for any additional overtime on that day.

Higher rates for overtime are sometimes referred to as “penal” rates.

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