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Q&A: Do Overtime Hours at Camp Qualify as an Exemption?

When sending part-time employees on a camp trip, think through the implications of their compensation.

Last Reviewed: July 23, 2021
Q&A: Do Overtime Hours at Camp Qualify as an Exemption?

We have a camp trip this summer and are looking to send one of our part-time hourly employees. This will require them to essentially be working the entire trip. Are we required to pay overtime for all hours worked or are there exemptions for "camp" time? I have seen mention of exemptions of camp counselors, but it seems since they are already a regular employee that we may be crossing a line.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and US Department of Labor (DOL) regulations do recognize an exemption from overtime pay for employees of an organized camp operated as a “distinct physical place of business.” See 29 U.S.C. 213(a)(3); 29 C.F.R. § 779.23. Under the facts described, it is unlikely the part-time hourly employee will qualify for this statutory overtime exemption, either because the employee is employed by the church, and not by a camp with a “distinct ...

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  • August 10, 2016
  • Last Reviewed: July 23, 2021

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