The HR Dictionary


A workweek is a period of seven consecutive days designated by an employer for its employees to work. In most cases, the workweek is established by the employer and may not necessarily coincide with the calendar week.

The workweek is an important concept for employers and employees because it is used to determine various aspects of employment, such as overtime pay, work schedules, and employee benefits. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in the United States, for example, requires employers to pay non-exempt employees overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

The workweek may vary depending on the industry, type of work, and location. For example, some industries may have longer or shorter workweeks, such as the healthcare industry where employees may work 12-hour shifts or the retail industry where employees may work on weekends and holidays.