What is overtime pay?
“Overtime” means any hours you work over your normal weekly hours (see: “Hours, shifts and breaks”). If you work full time, this will usually mean any hours over 40 hours per week.
When am I entitled to overtime pay?
You’re not entitled to overtime pay unless it is stated in your employment agreement. Your employment agreement will also set out the rate of pay for any overtime hours.
For example, an employment agreement might provide that the employee will work 35 hours per week. If they are asked to work more than 35 hours, they will be paid at time-and-a-half up to 40 hours, and at double-time for any hours over 40 hours.
Higher rates for overtime are sometimes called “penal” rates.