When I work 40+ hours a week then have to do a trade show for the weekend (away from home) am I allowed comp days for those two weekend days?
If you are a salaried nonexempt employee, then no, you may not be given compensatory time (comp time) off in lieu of overtime pay. If you are a salaried exempt employee, then your employer may choose to provide you with additional time off in exchange for working the weekend, but they are not required to do so, and most employers do not do so.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prohibits private employers from providing nonexempt employees with comp time instead of paying overtime for hours worked in excess of forty in one workweek. Public agencies such as state and local government may, under certain circumstances, offer comp time instead of paying overtime, and this must be provided at the rate of one and one-half hours for every one hour of overtime worked.
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