The following calculation examples assume the employee is nonexempt from overtime requirements of the Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order ("COMPS Order") #37. For more information about COMPS coverage contact the Division at 3033188441.
The calculation of regular rate and overtime pay should be conducted very carefully, and other methods of calculation not described may be appropriate depending upon the particular circumstances.
 Piece Rate

Piece Rate Overtime Calculation Example
When an employee is paid on a piece rate basis (for example, a certain amount is paid for every piece, dozen pieces, or for each service completed), the regular rate of pay is computed by first adding together the total earnings for the workweek from all piece rate work plus any other amount from that week for hours worked, waiting time, etc. This sum is then divided by the total number of hours worked in that week. For example, an employee works 50 hours in a week, earns a total of $600.00 for all piece work completed, and also receives a $100.00 nondiscretionary bonus that week.
 The regular rate of pay for the workweek is all of the earnings divided by the hours worked. $600.00 + $100.00 = $700.00. $700.00/50 = $14.00
 The regular rate wages (straight time) for the workweek are $700.00
 The premium overtime rate equals onehalf the regular rate times the number of hours over 40 in a workweek: $14.00 x 10 hours x .5 = $70.00
 Total wages owed for the week are $700.00 + $70.00 = $770.00.
 Tipped Employee

Tipped Employee Overtime Calculation Examples
(Three Equivalent Methods)
Calculation Assumptions
 Effective January 1, 2021, the applicable minimum wage is $12.32 and the tipped minimum wage is $12.32  $3.02 = $9.30.
 The employee’s tips make up the difference between the tipped minimum wage of $9.30 and the full minimum wage of $12.32.
 No other payments occurred during the pay period that would have to be included in the regular rate (e.g., nondiscretionary bonuses, commissions, etc.). Note that tips are not included in the regular rate for overtime calculation purposes.
 The employee works 50hours in the workweek, with 10 hours of overtime owed under the 40hour overtime criterion; no work in excess of the 12hour overtime criteria occurred.
 The rate for overtime hours is based upon the full minimum wage of $12.32 not $9.30.
Example 1:
Straight time earnings for all hours worked, halftime OT $12.32 x 50 = $616.00 (straighttime earnings for all hours)
 $12.32 x .5 x 10 (OT halftime premium multiplied by number of OT hours) = $61.60
 $616.00 + $61.60 = $677.60 (total owed before applying any tip credit)
 $3.02 x 50 = $151.00 (tip credit which the employer may apply)
 Total owed by the employer to the employee = $677.60  $151.00 = $526.60
Example 2:
Straight time earning for regular hours worked, 1 ½ OT $12.32 x 40 = $492.80 (straighttime earnings for regular hours)
$12.32 x 1.5 x 10 (one and onehalf OT premium multiplied by number of OT hours) = $184.80
$492.80 + $184.80 = $677.60 (total owed before applying any tip credit)
$3.02 x 50 = $151.00 (tip credit which the employer may apply)
Total owed by the employer to the employee = $677.60  $151.00 = $526.60
Example 3:
Tip credit applied before calculations $9.30 x 40 = $372.00 (tip credit subtracted first, multiplied by regular hours)
$12.32 x 1.5 = $18.48 (one and onehalf OT premium based upon full minimum wage)
$18.48  $3.02 = $15.46 (OT premium rate after applying the tip credit)
$15.46 x 10 = $154.60(OT premium rate after applying the tip credit multiplied by OT hours)
Total owed by the employer to the employee = $372.00 + $154.60 = $526.60
For additional information about tipped employees, see Interpretive Notice & Formal Opinion (“INFO”) # 3: Tips (Gratuities) and Tipped Employees Under Colorado Wage Law
 NonExempt Employee Working Two Jobs

NonExempt Employee Working Two Jobs Example
An employee working two nonexempt jobs at different hourly pay rates for the same employer within a specific workweek may be paid overtime using either of the following methods, provided that the employee is notified in advance which method will be used:
 Overtime is paid at time and onehalf the regular rate of pay for the job during which the actual overtime occurs.
OR
 Overtime is paid at time and onehalf the regular rate, which is computed as a weighted average based upon the rates for each position. In other words, the employee's regular rate for the workweek is determined by adding together all the wages and compensation for the workweek from both jobs, and then dividing this amount by the total amount of hours worked from both jobs.
For example, in one workweek, a nonexempt employee works 40 hours per week at $15 per hour, and then performs 10 hours of different duties at different times during the workweek at a rate of $13 per hour. The weighted average regular rate of pay for this employee would equal [(40 X $15) + (10 X $13)] / 50 = $14.60 per hour regular rate. Thus, using this calculation method, the employee would be owed overtime at a rate of $14.60 X .5 = $7.30 per hour for overtime work.
References
Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order ("COMPS Order") #37
29 Code of Federal Regulations 548
29 Code of Federal Regulations 778.111 (Pieceworker)
29 Code of Federal Regulations 778.113 (Salaried Employees General Information)
29 Code of Federal Regulations 778.114 (Salary for Fluctuating Hours)
29 Code of Federal Regulations 778.418 (Pieceworkers)
Websites
U.S. Department of Labor
FLSA Overtime Fact Sheet
Code of Federal Regulations
FLSA Overtime Calculator
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