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Definition of Workweek

All employees covered under FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. So what defines a workweek? Well, the FLSA defines an employee's workweek as "a fixed and regularly recurring period of 168 hours (seven consecutive 24-hour periods)." The workweek doesn't have to line up with the calendar week. In fact, it can begin on any day of the week and at any hour of the day.

Our Virtual TimeClock software allows you to set when your workweek begins and will accurately keep track of weekly overtime totals even if the workweek crosses payroll periods. This means you're always in compliance with the FLSA rules that apply to overtime pay requirements. The default workweek in Virtual TimeClock is Monday, but it's easy to change. Turn administration on and from the Configure menu choose Overtime. Click the Overtime Settings icon in the toolbar to open the global overtime settings. You'll see a popup menu for changing what day to start your workweek.