Iowa Overtime Laws
If you are a resident of Iowa, you may wonder if your employer owes you overtime pay. Iowa is similar to several other states in that it does not have specific state overtime laws but instead follows the overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In other words, employees in Iowa are owed 1.5 times their regular pay rate for all time worked over 40 hours in a week. However, the FLSA may be applied differently in Iowa for things like compensatory time, which is discussed below.
Iowa Overtime Law Overview
Important aspects of Iowa overtime law are summarized in the chart below.
State and Federal Statutes
Overtime Calculation Methods
Exempt from FLSA
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
In Iowa, a public employee can be paid overtime in compensatory time under an administrative code provision and the FLSA, which is time off instead of money. However, compensatory time must be subject to the following conditions:
- The employee must decide on overtime or compensatory time unless the employer requires that the overtime be paid in money.
- An employee may accrue up to 80 hours of compensatory time before it must be paid.
- The compensatory time must be paid to the employee at any time or may be carried over to the next year.
- The monetary value of the compensatory time must be paid when the employee separates, transfers, or starts a different job within the same company.
Iowa Overtime Exemptions
Several types of employees are also exempt from getting overtime wages, including:
- Executive employees
- Administrative employees
- Professional employees
- Agricultural workers on a migrant farm
- Migrant workers
- Outside sales people
- Retail and sales employees
- Employees working in connection with the publication of any weekly, semiweekly, or daily newspaper
- Switchboard operators
- Employees working as stevedores on a vessel other than an American vessel
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Denied Overtime Pay in Iowa? An Attorney Can Help
Even though Iowa primarily follows the FLSA, there can be complications to the state's overtime laws, as mentioned above. If you believe you're owed overtime wages in Iowa or would like to find out more about Iowa overtime laws, it may be in your best interests to meet with an Iowa employment law attorney.
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