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How does overtime pay work in Alberta?

You may have been there before: Your boss asks you to stay and work some extra hours, but you're never told how you're going to be compensated. You end up doing it for the same pay rate or without being paid at all, just because you don't want to contradict your boss. This is not fair to you in many cases, and you need to know your rights when it comes to overtime pay.

For most people, overtime pay kicks in when you go over eight hours in any given day. It can also come into play if you go over 44 hours during the course of a week. There are some professions that are exempt from this, but they are in the minority.

Typically, the overtime pay for every day will be added up, as will the overtime pay for the week. These numbers don't always match, and you are supposed to be paid based on whichever one of them ends up being higher.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that you don't get overtime pay if you're on salary. Your salary is just for your normal hours, and you should still get overtime pay if you go above and beyond this agreement.

The standard rate for overtime pay is 1.5 times what you would normally make in an hour. If you earn $20 an hour as a standard wage, then, you'd get $30 per hour while working overtime.

If you ever think that your employer has not been paying you fairly for the hours you've worked, please look into all of your legal rights.

Source: work.alberta.ca, "Overtime Hours and Overtime Pay," accessed Aug. 25, 2015

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