CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS—APR. 16, 1996 110 STAT. 4385 MAXIMUM HOURS STANDARDS—Continued Work period (days) 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 Fire protection 151 144 136 129 121 114 106 98 91 83 76 68 61 53 Law enforcement 122 116 110 104 98 92 86 79 73 67 61 55 49 43 § C553.231 Compensatory time off (a) Law enforcement and fire protection employees who are subject to the section 7(k) exemption may receive compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay for hours worked in excess of the maximum for their work period as set forth in section C553.230. (b) Section 7(k) permits public agencies to balance the hours of work over an entire work period for law enforcement and fire protection employees. For example, if a firefighter's work period is 28 consecutive days, and he or she works 80 hours in each of the first two weeks, but only 52 hours in the third week, and does not work in the fourth week, no overtime compensation (in cash wages or compensatory time) would be required since the total hours worked do not exceed 212 for the work period. If the same firefighter had a work period of only 14 days, overtime compensation or compensatory time off would be due for 54 hours (160 minus 106 hours) in the first 14 day work period. § C553.232 Overtime pay requirements If a public agency pays employees subject to section 7(k) for overtime hours worked in cash wages rather than compensatory time off, such wages must be paid at one and one-half times the employees' regular rates of pay. § C553.233 "Regular rate" defined The statutory rules for computing an employee's "regular rate", for purposes of the Act's overtime pay requirements are applicable to employees or whom the section 7(k) exemption is claimed when overtime compensation is provided in cash wages. SUBPART D—COMPENSATORY TIME-OFF FOR OVERTIME EARNED BY EMPLOYEES WHOSE WORK SCHEDULE DIRECTLY DEPENDS UPON THE SCHEDULE OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE § C553.301 Definition of "directly depends For the purposes of this Part, a covered employee's work schedule "directly depends" on the schedule of the House of Representatives and the Senate only if the eligible employee performs work that directly supports the conduct of legislative or other business in the chamber and works hours that regularly change in response to the schedule of the House and the Senate.