Skip to main content

OVERTIME – If an employee works unauthorized overtime is the employer obligated to pay for it?

If an employee works unauthorized overtime is the employer obligated to pay for it?

The simple answer is Yes.

California law requires that employers pay overtime, whether authorized or not, at the rate of one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of eight up to an including 12 hours in any workday, and for the first eight hours of work on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek, and double the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 12 in any workday and for all hours worked in excess of eight on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek.

An employer can discipline an employee if he or she violates the employer’s policy of working overtime without the required authorization. However, California’s wage and hour laws require that the employee be compensated for any hours he or she is “suffered or permitted to work, whether or not required to do so." California case law holds that “suffer or permit" means work the employer knew or should have known about. Thus, an employee cannot deliberately prevent the employer from obtaining knowledge of the unauthorized overtime worked, and come back later to claim recovery. The employer must have the opportunity to obey the law.

Our San Diego Overtime Attorney Can Explain Your Rights If you need assistance in determining whether you are owed overtime in San Diego, feel free to contact our San Diego overtime Attorney. You may also contact our San Diego overtime lawyer online and confidentially discuss your situation. http://www.sandiegoemploymentlawyer.net – 619.202.0264

Additional resources provided by the author

Rate this guide


Recommended articles about Employment

Can’t find what you’re looking for?


Post a free question on our public forum.

Ask a Question

- or -

Search for lawyers by reviews and ratings.

Find a Lawyer