5 Ways to Mess Up Overtime

Confused woman Employers can make a lot of mistakes with overtime calculations if they’re not careful. Sometimes they avoid paying overtime altogether by classifying employees incorrectly as contractors, paying employees a salary when they should be working by the hour, “paying” private employees comp-time in lieu of overtime, etc.

Even if you classify your employees correctly and don’t deliberately withhold overtime payments, you can still make a lot of mistakes if you’re not careful.
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Exceptions to the California Daily Overtime Laws

In California, employees get overtime after 8 hours of work in one day. This is a law that the California government put into place to protect employees from being overworked. Time and a half both deters employers from overworking employees and makes the extra work worth it to employees when they do have to do it.
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Dodging Double Time – Is It Right?

overworked employeeOur blog attracts both employers and employees who are searching for answers to their employment related questions. Last week, one of our posts, When is an Employee Paid Double Time, attracted the attention of a Californian employee who felt he was being abused by his employer, or at least, so I gathered from the tone in his comment.
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Pay Period Versus Work Week and How It Relates to Overtime

CalendarOccasionally, we hear from customers who want to know why an employee has overtime on his Pay Period Report but does not appear to have overtime on his timecard. Under normal circumstances the two would match but given the right mix of conditions they sometimes don’t. Today I am going to explain why that is and what you can do to avoid it.
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Overworked Employees At Higher Risk for Depression

It’s no surprise that working too much isn’t good for you but did you know that working long hours can lead to depression? Of course, working the occasional long shift isn’t likely to cause any lasting mood problems but researchers have shown that working more than 11 hours a day on a regular basis can lower mood.
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Common Wage and Hour Mistakes That Could Cost You

Making a mistake on your employee’s payroll obviously costs the employee their due wages but it can also cost you, the employer, in lawsuit damages. This is the last place you want to end up. Wage and hour lawsuits are expensive. And with the Department of Labor planning to hire 300 more investigators, small businesses will be even more at risk for getting caught.

Some of the most common mistakes companies make that can lead to incorrect payroll include:
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Business Math Series – Calculating Overtime By Hand

calculate by handCalculating overtime by hand can be risky. The Federal and State governments have set a lot of rules to ensure that employees get paid fairly for the time they work over 40 hours, and if a company doesn’t know and follow all of those rules, overtime lawsuits often result.
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