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Must we pay for unauthorized overtime?

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Q. Without authorization, one of our employees worked extra hours this week, even though we told everyone they needed approval to work overtime. Are we required to pay overtime for the unauthorized hours?

A. Yes. Under California law, employers must pay overtime for all hours worked in excess of eight, up to and including 12 hours in any workday, and for the first eight hours of work on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek. The rule applies whether or not the hours were authorized.

However, employers may discipline employees for violating a company policy regarding working overtime without authorization.

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