According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime is any amount of work performed by an employee that exceeds 40 hours in one week. For those who work in law enforcement, the FLSA defines overtime as an excess of 171 hours in a four week period. Fire safety officials, however, must work more than 212 hours within 28 days in order to qualify for overtime payments. Some organizations also offer individual collective bargaining agreements or compensation plans which detail additional overtime provisions for employees.
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