Q. Are employers required to pay for overtime hours that result when an employee voluntarily switches shifts with a co-worker?
A. Yes. If a nonexempt employee works over 40 hours in a week, you are required to pay overtime even if the overtime was worked on a different shift than he or she normally works.
You could adopt a policy that prohibits employees from switching shifts withoutapproval if working the other shift will result in overtime.
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