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Overtime: Hawaii

Overtime requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Anna Elento-Sneed, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing


  • Hawaii's wage and hour law is similar to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, but the state law applies to all employers regardless of size. The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) will follow federal wage and hour laws unless there are specific state statutes or regulations to the contrary.
  • Hawaii uses different formulas for calculating the regular rate of pay. See The Regular Rate of Pay.
  • An employee who is paid less than $2,000 a month is protected by federal and state wage and hour laws, and the law that is more favorable to the employee will determine the overtime rate. See Computing Overtime.