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Information on work schedules, including time off from work, flexible schedules, paid holidays, overtime, work weeks, shift work, and sick and personal leave.
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Types of Work Schedules
Work schedules vary based on the employer and the job. Here's information on the different types of work schedules including hours and requirements.

Average Hours Per Week
Information on the average amount of hours worked per week for U.S. employees.

Breaks From Work
Information on breaks from work, including when employers have to provide employees with lunch and rest breaks.

Comp Time
Rather than paying employees time and a half in overtime pay, a company which has a comp time policy gives paid time off from work.

Full Time Employment
Not sure how many hours a week you are expected to work when you are a full time employee? Here's information on full time employment, including laws regulating hours worked, hours companies expect employees to work and overtime pay requirements.

Flexible Schedules
A work day includes the hours scheduled for an employee to work on any given day.

Lunch and Meal Breaks
Federal law does not require lunch or coffee breaks for employees. Lunch, dinner, or other meal periods (typically lasting at least 30 minutes) are not work time and employees are not paid for their meal break. However, when employers offer short breaks (usually lasting about 5 - 20 minutes), federal law considers the breaks as compensable...

Furlough From Work
A furlough is mandatory time off from work without pay (or with partial pay).

Holiday Time Off
Holiday pay is pay for holidays, like Christmas Day, or other time not worked (like vacation) when a business may be closed or the employee is permitted to take time off from work.

Holidays, Holiday Leave and Holiday Pay
The Federal Government provides employees with ten paid holidays each year. Private sector employees may provide holiday days off or holiday pay.

Job Sharing
Job sharing is when two or more workers share the duties of one full-time job.

Maternity leave, Paternity leave, Adoption Leave
Family leave, which includes maternity leave or paternity leave and adoption leave, provides for paid or unpaid time off from work after the birth or adoption of a child.

Workers earning less than $23,660 per year ($455 per week) are guaranteed overtime protection, however, there are exemptions to the overtime regulations.

Paid Vacation
Federal law does not provide for vacation pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations, sick time, or holidays. Vacation pay is based upon an agreement between an employer and an employee, either a collective bargaining agreement or company policy.

Personal Leave
Federal Law requires employers to allow employees to serve jury duty with no repercussions in the work place. Employers, however, are not required to pay employees for time not worked.

Shift Work
Shift work is an employment practice in which employees work during different periods throughout the 24-hour day.

Time and a Half Pay
Workers earning less than $455 per week, which is $23,660 per year, are guaranteed overtime pay of not less than time and one half their regular rate of pay.

Work Day
A work day includes the hours scheduled for an employee to work on any given day.

Work Schedule
A work schedule is the days and hours an employee works on a weekly basis.

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