Overtime Hours and Overtime Pay

Except for certain industries and professions, most employees are entitled to overtime pay. The basic overtime is all hours worked in excess of:

  • eight hours a day, or
  • 44 hours a week.

Overtime hours are to be calculated both on a daily and weekly basis. The higher of the two numbers is overtime hours worked in the week. All employees, including those who are paid a weekly, monthly, or annual salary, must be paid overtime pay for overtime hours they work.

Except where overtime hours are accumulated under an overtime agreement, all overtime hours must be paid at the rate of at least one and half times (1.5 x) the employee’s regular wage rate.

To learn more, see the following:

Created: 2005-09-12
Modified: 2011-09-27
PID: 1470

Contact Employment Standards

Call the Employment Standards Contact Centre for general information or submit an inquiry online:

  • 780‑427‑3731 (Edmonton area)
  • 1‑877‑427‑3731 (Toll-free)

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