Talent Sourcing

How Many Hours does an Exempt Employee Have to Work to Get Paid?

Published on June 1st, 2023

Exempt employees are those who are exempt from receiving overtime payments as mandated by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). However, many recruiters and hiring managers are not sure about how many hours an exempt employee should work to get paid. In this blog post, we will discuss the hours required for exempt employees to get paid and the guidelines related to their work hours.

According to FLSA, the exempt employees' work hours are not restricted, unlike non-exempt employees, who get paid overtime after working beyond 40 hours a week. For exempt employees, their salary is not related to the number of hours they work. They get paid for their work, whether they are working for more or fewer hours than usual. Thus, the hours required for them to get paid depends on their employer's policy.

Exempt employees are expected to complete their work efficiently and satisfactorily. Unlike non-exempt employees, they are measured based on their output, not their work hours. However, employers must ensure that exempt employees do not work excessively long hours or risk their health, safety, and productivity. Thus, some companies have set standard working hours for exempt employees, ranging between 35 to 45 hours per week.

However, the working hours for exempt employees are not limited by law. Thus, some companies may require exempt employees to work more than the standard working hours or even have them work around the clock. But, employers must ensure that they comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations that require employers to provide safe working conditions and adequate rest periods for their workers.

Exempt employees are entitled to their full salary, even if they do not work full days due to personal reasons such as a doctor's appointment or family emergency. However, if the employee is absent from work due to illness or disability for a significant time, the employer may deduct the appropriate amount from their paycheck, depending on their sick leave policy.

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Employers must set clear guidelines regarding exempt employees' working hours, rest periods, and overtime payments, if any. While exempt employees do not have an overtime limit, they still need adequate rest and suitable working conditions to ensure that they work efficiently and productively. As a recruiter or hiring manager, it's vital to understand the laws and regulations governing an exempt employee's work hours and ensure your organization's compliance with such rules.



Radhika Sarraf

Radhika Sarraf is a content specialist and a woman of many passions who currently works at HireQuotient, a leading recruitment SaaS company. She is a versatile writer with experience in creating compelling articles, blogs, social media posts, and marketing collaterals.

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