Shift work involves working outside normal business hours, either before or after their shift. Shift workers might work in the evening, in the middle of the night, overtime or extra-long workdays. Shift work exists because in many industries, to function profitably, businesses must be open 24 hours per day. While a worker’s shift rotation can be permanent (with fixed times) or rotating, the rotation must always account for appropriate work-rest ratios.

Shift workers commonly include:

  • Policemen
  • Firefighters
  • Waiters
  • Night watchmen
  • Healthcare workers
  • Utility workers 

Night & Weekend Shifts

Night and weekend shift workers are not entitled to extra pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) unless that is agreed upon between the shift worker and the employer.  However, you are guaranteed proper overtime at a rate of time-and-a-half for every hour over 40 hours in one seven day period.

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that shift workers comprise over 15 million Americans. Shift workers can be particularly susceptible to errors in overtime pay calculations.  If you are a nonexempt employee, your employer is required to pay overtime. We can help shift workers receive back wages for time not paid by your employer.