Overtime

Overtime means an additional number of hours worked by an employee that overtakes the normal working schedule. The remuneration of overtime depends on the company’s payroll policy. However, certain regulations under few Acts concerns overtime payment of employees, workers, and laborers.

  • Minimum wages Act 1948: As per section 14 of the Act, if the working hours of a worker exceed his/her normal working shift, he/she is entitled to overtime pay on an hourly basis.
  • Factories Act 1948: As per section 59 of the Act, if a worker works for more than 9 hours in a day or more than 48 hours in a week, he/she should receive overtime pay based on their regular wage rate.
  • Bidi and Cigar workers Act 1966: As per sections 17 and 18 of the Act, if a worker works for more than 10 hours in a day or more than 54 hours in a week, he/she should receive overtime pay based on their regular wage rate.
  • Building and Construction Workers Act 1996: As per sections 28 and 29 of the Act, workers who serve for more than regular shift, should receive double the hourly rate as overtime pay.
  • Working Journalist and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955: As per section 10 of the Act, a working journalist who works for more than 6 hours on any day in day shift and more than 5½ hours in night shift shall be paid with rest hours equal to hours for which he/she has worked overtime.
  • Plantation Labour Act, 1951: As per section 19 of the Act where an adult worker works in any plantation on any day over the number of hours constituting a normal working day or for more than 48 hours in any week, he/she shall, in respect of such overtime work, be entitled to twice the rates of ordinary wages. Provided that no such worker shall be allowed to work for more than 9 hours on any day and more than 54 hours in any week.