University of California, Riverside

Human Resources



Overtime (Straight time and Premium Rates)


Overtime is time worked that exceeds the hours of a full-time non-exempt employee's regular daily schedule on pay status or exceeds 40 hours on pay status in a workweek. Employees shall be compensated at the straight-time rate for hours of overtime not exceeding 40 hours of actual work in a workweek, and shall be compensated at the premium rate of 1-1/2 times the regular rate of pay (see Definitions) for hours worked which exceed 40 hours of actual work in a workweek, not simply hours on pay status in a workweek.

Pay status includes time worked and paid leave such as sick leave, vacation leave, holidays, military leave, compensatory time off, and administrative leave with pay.

Overtime shall be assigned by the department head to meet essential operating needs. Overtime by non-exempt employees must be approved in advance, but if worked it must be compensated, whether approved or not. An employee is expected to seek advance approval for overtime work and to report overtime worked at the time of reporting other hours worked in a work-reporting period.

The information provided here is a summary of the information presented above. Personnel Policy 32, Overtime (Non-Exempt Employees Only), and UCR Local Procedure 32, Overtime should be referenced for specific questions pertaining to University policy. The applicable bargaining unit contract should be referenced for represented positions.

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