I'm located in Virginia (though I'm almost positive that doesn't matter). The contracting company I work for is based in Maryland. I work in a federal building with federal workers in Washington, DC (but I am an outside contractor, and am not a federal employee myself).

Whose overtime and labor laws would apply to me? Would it be only the Federal Government's, DC's and Fed's, or Maryland's and the Fed's? Are there any special circumstances that would change the answer to this question?

I did some googling, and the general consensus was that the laws apply based on where you do the work, not on where the company who employs you is based. That being said, I could see these rules being different for a full-fledged State vs. DC, or for working on a Federal Site.

Edit: I'd like to state that I disagree with this migration from the Workplace Stack Exchange, as this seems to go against the stated goals of this exchange as a place for those with a legal background to interact. That being said, I won't turn my nose up if someone has input and can answer my question. I apologize for what I believe is an invalid post for this exchange.

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    Comment rather than an answer as I'm not too familiar with US law, but my understanding is that it's almost always where you do the work that counts, rather than where you've come from or where HQ happens to be. – Michael Berry Feb 25 at 13:42
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    Ask your employer, but usually, jurisdiction should be stated on the contract. If not, you employer/HR will know. – Tymoteusz Paul Feb 25 at 13:46
  • @berry120 that applies to what I've seen from Google as well. I just wonder if it would be different due to the federal nature of the work. I know that law application can be a little bit different on federal property, and State law may not always apply (IE I won't pay state sales tax on an item purchased at the Navy Exchange if I go there), so their labor laws may or may not apply. May be just federal laws. – NegativeFriction Feb 25 at 13:47
  • @Tymoteusz Paul, very very few jobs in the States have written contracts. – Tiger Guy Feb 25 at 14:50
  • IIRC as a contractor, you could ask your company's contracting officer whose handling the project you're on. Depending on your company's contract, if you're direct charge, the government and your managers would probably be unhappy with you needing to charge overtime. – pboss3010 Feb 25 at 16:01

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