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What if I do not authorize overtime hours?

Having a great staff can is beneficial to you, your employees and your business. Your business can grow and be successful, and your employees can be proud of their work and take home a paycheck.

Creating a budget for your employees can be challenging. In addition to juggling schedules to fit your business, when employees work more than 40 hours in a week, you have to pay overtime.

Here’s what you need to know about the requirement to pay overtime to your staff.

It is not optional

Bosses over the years have come up with threats and other attempts to get their employees to stop working overtime. After all, paying overtime can get expensive fast. Especially if you have a limited staffing budget.

Even if you tell your employees that you will not pay overtime hours, if they work more than 40 hours, you still must pay them overtime.

Also, employees cannot waive the right to overtime pay. If an employee signs an agreement that states they will not work overtime but then works overtime anyway, you must still pay them overtime.

Show your staff there is an alternative

Some employees work overtime because they think that if they do not, the work will not get done. They may also be afraid that if a task is not complete, you will punish them or fire them.

If you have staff who are working unauthorized overtime, talk to them about what is happening. Find out if they need more support from another employee to complete the work.

Someone willing to work more than 40 hours can be an asset to your business since they value the work as you do. Work with them on a solution that can work for both of you.

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