50% full time employees in the U.S. work overtime. A Gallup study found that only 4 in 10 full-time workers work for “standard work hours.” Another study suggests that companies that have higher rates of overtime also have more fatigue related problems. Stressed workers tend to be fatigued, prone to mistakes and injuries, and are more likely to be absent. They cost businesses an estimated $200 to $300 billion a year in lost productivity.
Do you know there is a full-fledged law under the Department of Labor that governs your overtime pay? The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has sections that clear up confusion regarding when employers are required to pay workers overtime and when they are not.
There are also simple steps companies and employees can take to mitigate the levels of fatigue workers experience during long hours.
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