Subtle Ways Employers Can Require Employees to Work Overtime Without Payment

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Denis ZilberbergDecember 16, 2022Employee Rights

Overtime pay is a form of compensation that is required by law in California except for certain workers who, due to the nature of their jobs and duties, are considered exempt

Overtime pay serves to compensate employees for the additional time and effort they put into their job, and to encourage employers to limit the amount of overtime that employees are required to work. However, some employers may try to require employees to work overtime without paying them, either intentionally or unintentionally, through subtle methods.

One subtle way that employers may require employees to work overtime without paying them is by not accurately tracking the hours that employees work. This could include failing to accurately record the start and end times of a shift, or not including breaks and meal periods in the time worked. This can result in employees working more hours than they are being paid for, particularly if they are not aware that their hours are not being accurately tracked.

Another subtle way that employers may require employees to work overtime without paying them is by not clearly communicating the expectations for overtime. Some employers may not clearly state that overtime is expected or required, and may simply expect employees to work additional hours without explicitly stating this. This can lead to confusion and misunderstandings about whether or not employees are entitled to overtime pay, and can result in employees working overtime without being compensated.

A third subtle way that employers may require employees to work overtime without paying them is by not paying employees for all of the overtime hours they work. This could include only paying employees for a certain number of overtime hours per week, or only paying employees overtime pay for certain types of work. Employers may also try to avoid paying overtime by offering comp time or other forms of compensation instead of overtime pay, which may not be legally required or may not be as valuable to employees as overtime pay.

There are steps that employees can take to protect themselves from being required to work overtime without pay. One important step is to accurately track the hours that you work, including start and end times, breaks, and meal periods. It is also important to clearly communicate with your employer about your availability and expectations for overtime, and to understand your rights and entitlements to overtime pay. If you believe that you are being required to work overtime without pay, you may want to seek legal advice.

At The Kaufman Law Firm, we understand that not receiving payment for overtime work can be a very frustrating experience. Fortunately, you have legal options in these circumstances.

Review your case with our Los Angeles unpaid overtime and employment law attorney for more information. We’ll help you better understand how you may proceed, and we’ll offer the representation you deserve if you decide to work with us. Learn more by contacting our office online or calling us at 310-981-3404.



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