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Labor Department Rules on Overtime Pay, Hours

Issue 1 and Volume 128.

Labor Department Rules on Overtime Pay, Hours Rules and definitions have been proposed by the wage and hour division of the United States Department of Labor to determine when overtime must be paid to fire fighters. The 1974 amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 provide for the payment of overtime at the rate of 1 1/2 times the regular rate of pay. Shift trading, early relief, compensatory time, and volunteers who receive some form of compensation are among the subjects considered by the wage and hour division in making its proposed rules and definitions. The amendments passed by Congress last year state that public agencies employing five or more fire fighters, including officers, must pay overtime when, after January 1, 1975, a fire fighter works more than 240 hours during a work period of 28 consecutive days. On January 1, 1976, the number of hours will be…

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