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Wisconsin Overtime Pay Law

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Wisconsin must conform with these state rules regarding overtime pay for employees.

In Wisconsin, employees working hours in excess of 40 in a workweek must be paid at one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for those excess hours.

Exemptions From General Overtime Provision

Overtime exceptions include:

  • administrative, executive or professional employees
  • outside salespersons
  • commission employees of retail and service establishments
  • drivers, driver's helpers, loaders or mechanics covered by the Motor Carrier Act
  • employees of rail and air carriers
  • taxicab drivers
  • vehicle salespersons, and partspersons or mechanics servicing the vehicles
  • seasonal employees of recreational and amusement establishments
  • movie theater employees
  • funeral home employees
  • drivers and drivers' helpers who make local deliveries
  • employees of independent contractors
  • crop dusters
  • poultry inspectors
  • hospital employees
  • home newspaper delivery or direct retail sale
  • commission-only real estate agents or salespersons

Wisconsin's overtime law specifies that employers may not permit employees to work for any time that will be dangerous to their welfare.

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