Q. We temporarily allowed an hourly employee to come in early and take work home at night. We paid her for overtime on both ends. But now we’ve promoted someone else and told the hourly worker to stop coming in early and taking work home. She said she prefers working early and still does (plus she skips lunch) but reports for just 40 hours. Is she setting us up? —L.B., New York
A. We can't speak to her intentions, but we can tell you that a compliance issue exists whenever an hourly employee’s time sheets don't reflect reality. You should immediately counsel this employee that she must not work any unauthorized overtime before, during or after the workday. If she continues to do so, begin the progressive-disciplinary process, but still pay her for any overtime hour she works.