Carolyn had worked for the Good Health Hospital for a number of years. Carolyn worked what is referred to as a â€œlong week/short weekâ€ plan. One week she would work 32 hours a week, and then the next week she would work 48 hours in a week but was not paid overtime based upon her average hours worked, which came out to 40 hours every two weeks.
Issue: Carolyn inquired as to whether or not she would be entitled to overtime for the one week that she worked 48 hours.
Answer: Yes. Under the appropriate Act in Pennsylvania, all hospital employees are entitled to overtime for hours worked over 40 hours, regardless of a shorter work hour week that may have preceded the overtime week.
Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.