Definition of Compressed Workweek | Reduced Work Arrangement

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Compressed Workweek Definition

Term Definition
A reduced work arrangement that allows employees to work fewer days, but still earning the same number of hours per week as the employee would if working a standard work week.

Extended Definition
In a compressed workweek, an employee works fewer days, but longer hours each day. For example, instead of working five days of eight hours each day for a total of 40 hours, the employee may work four days of 10 hours each, or three 12-hour days. In some cases, the compressed workweek may occur every other week, or to meet important deadlines. For example, an employee may work five nine-hour days during one week and four nine-hour days the second week of the payroll. Regardless, any time over 40 hours per week is considered overtime at time-and-a-half by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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Rules on Compressed Workweeks and Overtime

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