Special Sleep Time Rule for Fire Fighters and Police

There are additional special sleep time rules that apply to public sector employees who are employed in fire protection and law enforcement activities.

Section 7(k) of the FLSA provides a partial overtime pay exception for fire protection and law enforcement employees who are employed by public agencies on a work period basis. If your employee’s employment is subject to section 7(k) of the FLSA, you may not deduct sleep time from your employee's hours of work for a tour of duty that is exactly 24 hours. This is a departure from the rule for other employees who work a 24-hour shift.