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Guidelines on Calculating Working Hours When Employees Have Side Jobs
New Regulation or Official Guidance
Author: Aki Tanaka, Of Counsel – Littler United States
On September 1, 2020, the government issued guidelines for calculating working hours when employees have side jobs. Under the guidelines, when an employee works two different jobs with two different employers, statutory working hours (i.e., eight hours per day, 40 hours per week) add up into a sum total. Therefore, if the total working hours exceed the statutory limit, one employer can be liable for overtime premium even if the employee’s working hours with that employer were less than the limit. The guidelines also explain how to calculate working hours between both employers to determine the maximum overtime hours.