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Can a company pay overtime rate only after 50 hours per week.

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Can a company pay overtime rate only after 50 hours per week. i always knew that after 40 hours per week its time and a half. Am i wrong ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question.
Under Colorado law, employees shall be paid time and one-half of the regular rate of pay for any work in excess of: (1) forty hours per workweek; (2) twelve hours per workday, or (3) twelve consecutive hours without regard to the starting and ending time of the workday (excluding duty free meal periods), whichever calculation results in the greater payment of wages.
A workweek is defined as any consecutive seven-day period starting with the same calendar day and hour each week. A workweek is a fixed and recurring period of 168 hours, seven consecutive twenty-four hour periods, and is typically established by the employer. Hours worked in two or more workweeks shall not be averaged for computation of overtime.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Can you please point me to that specific law. How can a company not pay overtime , who would i file a complaint with . Is there a loophole that company can use not to pay overtime

Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 2 years ago.
Colorado has a Wage Act and there is an advisory bulletin put out by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment that provides this information. Here is a link to the bulletin:
(scroll down the index and click on overtime hours or overtime pay)
And here is a link to the Department of Labor, which is whom you would want to contact regarding a potential wage claim:
As for why your employer isn't paying overtime, that's not something I can really answer --I don't know your employer's reasoning. I can tell you that sometimes, employers incorrectly calculate when overtime should be paid. Sometimes, employers incorrectly classify non-exempt employees (who are entitled to overtime) as exempt (who are excluded). An employer may be misunderstanding what a "work week" is under the law. There can be many reasons why they aren't paying, but before you file a complaint. I think you need to speak to someone at the Department of Labor and Employment about it more.