Overtime is the hours worked beyond an employee's ordinary hours. Specific awards and agreements outline the conditions and pay rates for overtime work.

Overtime occurs when an employee works additional hours beyond their normal schedule. For example, if an employee's usual workday is 9am to 5pm, any work done beyond 5pm could be considered overtime. The specific rules for when and how overtime is applied, and the extra pay rate for these hours, are usually laid out in employment contracts, awards, or agreements. This extra pay is to compensate for the additional time and effort put in by the employee.

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