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What is Double-time?

1223568 clockDouble-time refers to a pay rate that is twice the employee’s normal rate. 

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employers to pay employees double time. The decision to offer an employee double-time for work is a matter of agreement between the employer and employee; for example, an employer may offer double-time pay as an incentive to work a less-than-desirable shift.

However, double-time pay may be a part of union contracts or labor agreements. Also, under California labor law, nonexempt workers are entitled to double-time pay under two conditions:

    • One and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of eight hours up to and including 12 hours in any workday, and for the first eight hours of work on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek; and
    • Double the regular pay rate for all hours worked over 12 hours in any workday and for all hours worked over eight on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek.

This content is provided by Patriot Software, Inc., developer of online small business software for American employers, including applicant tracking software, payroll software, human resources software, and employee self-serve software. For more information, visit


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