Security guards are frequently required to work long hours, including overnight and outside jobs, for which they all too frequently are not paid the required overtime pay. Many security guard contracts contain provisions that pay guard companies at a set rate for each guard-hour of work performed. While the contracts entered into between guard companies and their clients may not have overtime enhancements, this is no reason not to pay employees overtime for work performed over forty hours each week.
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Many security guard companies are founded by retired police officers who all-too-often take the approach that they are above the law, or at least employment law requirements. Security guards performing work on governmental jobs may also be entitled to a minimum set prevailing wage, daily overtime and supplemental benefits for their work on governmentally-funded worksites.