Are employers obligated to pay
for unapproved overtime?
HR QUESTION OF THE MONTH?
from Federated Insurance
What are the laws regarding an employee who is scheduled to work an 8 hour shift but clocks in before their shift starts and also stays after their shift ends when it is not expected of them? If this overtime is not approved is the employer under any obligation to pay?
Non-exempt employees must be paid for all time worked, even if it is not approved. Thus, an employee must be paid for the time even if he/she worked without authorization. The employer may discipline the employee, consistent with employer policy and practice, if the employee violated any such policy with respect to prior approval for overtime.
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