The U.S. Department of Labor and many state governments have specific provisions for overtime pay. If you haven't been paid overtime that you've earned, you could not only start receiving the compensation that's due to you now, but also recover back wages from years of underpayment. Overtime pay is generally 1.5 times your usual rate of pay, also known as time and a half. If you feel you are not receiving overtime when you should, you may want to look into the basics of overtime law. Below, you will find common topics relating to overtime, including overtime pay guidelines and how to calculate work hours. To begin, click on one of the links below.