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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7192.3a (Published 01 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:S3a-7192

One thing that I didn't know about the US employment market was that federal law compels employers to pay overtime at time and a half to workers who exceed a 40 hour week. The catch? Sales people, computer engineers, doctors, lawyers, executives, and administrative workers are specifically exempt from the legislation. It makes for an interesting comparison with the EU Working Time Directive. Were junior doctors to be included in either legislation, which would reduce hours more: setting an administrative cut-off or punitive overtime?

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