A workweek refers to a predefined period of time during which an employee's work hours, attendance, and compensation are calculated. It serves as the basis for determining overtime, leave accrual and other labor-related matters. Typically, a workweek consists of seven consecutive days and is established by the employer to align with their business operations and legal requirements.
An employer designates Monday to Sunday as the standard workweek for its employees. During this workweek, an employee is scheduled to work 40 hours. If the employee works additional hours beyond the 40-hour threshold, they are eligible for overtime pay as per the company's policy and applicable labor laws. The workweek also determines the starting point for tracking benefits, such as paid time off and vacation accrual, ensuring consistent administration of HR policies.