What is spread of hours pay?

The federal wage and hour laws cover tipped employees when it comes to minimum wage and overtime pay. But many states also have additional wage laws that provide more employee protections than the Fair Labor Standards Act.

New York Spread of Hours Pay

New York is one state that affords extra protections to employees. One of its provisions is a statute that requires that employees who work over 10 hours in a day from start to finish, even if there is a mid-day break, must receive an additional hour’s pay at minimum wage. This is the spread of hours law in New York. The spread of hours includes work time, plus time off for meals and off-duty intervals.  

For example...

If an employee picks up a double-shift in a restaurant, like a morning shift (10:30 a.m. to 1:30) and then also works an evening shift (6:00 p.m. 08:30 p.m.), New York law stipulates that the worker is eligible to be paid an extra hour because the spread of hours exceeded 10 in one day.

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Galvin B. Kennedy
Galvin Kennedy is a founding partner of Kennedy Hodges. He focuses his practice to overtime and wage claims.