Hourly Employee Rights

By Kyra Sheahan
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An hourly employee's pay is determined by how many hours he works. If employees work five days a week for eight hours each day, their paycheck will reflect their assigned hourly rate, multiplied by forty hours. Just like full-time employees, hourly workers are entitled to certain rights.


Hourly employees are eligible for overtime pay. Overtime is any amount of time that exceeds forty hours of work per week. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Fair Labor Standards Act grants employees the right to overtime pay by the employer, which is 1.5 times the amount of their regular hourly rate, known as time and a half.


Hourly employees have the same equal rights to employment benefits as salaried employees, but it could depend on the number of hours worked. Many companies say that in order to qualify for company benefits the employee must work no less than 32 hours per week, as anything over 32 hours constitutes a full-time position.


Federal law does not mandate employers to give hourly employees breaks. However, many states make it a requirement for companies to grant their hourly employees a 30-minute break every four hours that are worked, with an hour-long break for lunch.