Overtime is time spent working that goes above and beyond the number of hours required to be at the workplace for a given time period.

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Being forced to work off hours [on hold]

My employer is forcing me to work off hours, to do inventory of the store, which I have never done. I am only a cashier not a stock person. This will be done at night after store hours, and I would ...
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Chronic late/understaffed projects [closed]

When I first started working for my current tech company as an intern, I jumped into a project that was late, and we had to pull lots of extra hours to get the project done. I didn't think much of it ...
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I was given a raise, but paid less per hour worked [duplicate]

I work in a retail environment, and was recently promoted to management. Before the raise, I was making $8.75/hr, working a maximum of 40 hours per week. After the raise, I am salaried at $24000 per ...
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Is it possible to work more than full-time for an employer?

I have a full-time job for my current employer and have been working here for 2 years. The problem is that I'm working a lot of hours, since I enjoy my profession a lot (I'm in software ...
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Is jury duty “working time”? Changing work hours due to jury duty [closed]

(This doesn't affect me personally but is something that came up which I'm curious about. I'm not sure what to tag it with) Could an employer ask "me" to change my hours for that week so that I'd do ...
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Timesheets and overtime [closed]

We use timesheets to track time for jobs and on employee percentage of billable time. When employees do overtime I believe it should be entered. If the work day is 7.5 hours and the employee worked ...
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How to push back on overtime when it is reducing performance? [duplicate]

So I've been working at a company about 2 or 3 years, and during that time I feel like I've been working an over-average amount. Vacation time, while allowed, is more or less entirely discouraged - ...
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No pay for attending

My company has a 'policy' (although it is not written anywhere in our HR policy portal) that when we are required to attend training sessions and their annual conference that we are not paid for our ...
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What benefit does an employer derive from hiring employees as salaried nonexempt?

I can see why employers might hire hourly employees - you pay employees for the amount of time they spend working. Straightforward. Likewise, salaried exempt makes sense - you pay employees a fixed ...
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Overtime as the only hourly worker on team

I'm a new hire (4 months ago) at a company, working as a developer. I am hired as an hourly worker, and my contract states that I am eligible for overtime if I work more than 40 hours/week. The issue ...
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Is my anger justified? [closed]

First, some background. I live and work in the US and have 18 years experience in my engineering career across a variety of industries. All of my experience has been focused on product development, ...
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Company wants me to take English lessons. I don't want to [closed]

I literally just started working here and they evaluated my level of English with an oral examination, and the teacher said the next step was to take a written quiz, which she would use to sort of ...
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Is doing unpaid overtime a bad thing? [duplicate]

My company is about to ship a product but some of the features my team is in charge of aren't completely integrated yet. I am not directly working on the product but I have been asked by my manager if ...
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For future employers, how/when should I bring up not wanting to work unpaid overtime?

I currently work as a structural engineer in the midwest United States. My company, like many engineering firms, is very "feast or famine" in that some weeks we have crazy amounts of work to do, and ...
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Overtime or bonus - how to ask the team to choose

We currently pay overtime and an annual profit share bonus but we want our team to choose between payment of either OT or Bonus or commission (current commissioned employees don't get bonus or OT). I ...
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Is it true that one is expected to work 60+ hours in the US software industry? [closed]

Being from Germany and having worked in the German software industry for a few years, I can say that in most jobs (in larger companies) a software engineer will work 35-40 hours a week, with overtime ...
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Product Owner demanding overtime for writing Unit Tests. How can I address this?

Recently I started a new project at work (it was nice to shake off the cruft of an old project and pick up a new one) and my team and I are pushing harder for more professional development practices, ...
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Do I have to get to the office any earlier than my start time?

I've been working at my UK company for 10 months. This hasn't been an issue in 10 months. We have a sign-in book and a sign-in clock. The clock is wrong, and we all know it (it's 2 minutes fast I ...
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335 views

Do I have to pay employee for 9 hours from 8 to 5 [closed]

I have employees that are service techs. They're out in the field all day. They go thru drive-thru for breakfast and lunch. stop at the store a couple times a day. Then they write on time card "no ...
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Setting flexible project expectations [closed]

I work as a sole developer on a continuous stream of web projects. The issue I seem to have run into is that, though similar in style, each project requires a different amount of time to complete. ...
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967 views

Being forced to switch to salaried position without a raise?

My boss recently said that the company wants to switch the programmers from hourly to (exempt) salary position, without any kind of raise or compensation. All of us will be taking a hit in our net pay ...
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Time management strategies for reading policy or technical documentation at work

Short version - if short on reading time (!), just answer this: My question is about ways to (a) prioritize, and (b) manage time at work to catch up on reading material and documentation that is or ...
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Can I be forced to work on weekends? [closed]

I can finish a project in 10 days and I have given an appropriate deadline. I started the project and on the 4th day my boss tells me forcefully to work on the weekend to finish the project early. We ...
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How common is overtime in programming field? [closed]

I'm a 27 year old Italian guy and currently, I work as a customer service technician for an Italian internet provider. I'm currently thinking about a career change, and I think that working as a ...
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347 views

How to deal with unlawful overtime [closed]

I work in a hi-tech company. The hours here are very long (10+ hours a day), beyond what is legally permitted in my country (i'd rather not say where). Let me say that it is very common in my country ...
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How to get rid of my presentism?

After a few years with quite some overtime, I decided to get rid of my 'staying late' habit. That was never that excessive, but the hours add up. While staying late and doing overtime is a bit of a ...
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Claiming overtime for client visits [closed]

Last week I had to go and visit a client, which required me to stay overnight. I was given very little notice and had evening plans which I had to cancel. On the car journey up to the client visit, I ...
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How can an employee resolve the boss threatening not to pay anyone, if they take a planned holiday? [closed]

The boss at CompanyInc has said that if employee X takes her planned holiday with me (one week, planned three months ago), then no one in the company will be paid. This has been conveyed as a ...
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617 views

Boss expects me to work personal time or forfit promised vacation pay [closed]

My wedding is this weekend and a couple of months ago I requested a day off this week and all of next week for wedding prep and then our honeymoon. My boss agreed to give me this time off and though ...
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In California, can a contractor get time and a half for overtime if it's in his contract? [closed]

California passed this law making overtime pay exempt for certain employees. If I were an employee, I would be exempt. But, I am about to work as a contractor for a company and I would like to ...
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How to cope with an employee who stays late and does work on Saturdays?

I work in the IT industry. One of my employee works late and on weekends. I, on the other hand, arrive and leave on time. The project schedule is tight, and others are asking me to work extra hours, ...
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Is Daily Accuracy of a timesheet important if the end check is the same? [closed]

I am in the situation were I submit time to a manager for approval and it gets submitted to an external company (my employer) for secondary approval and processing. My timesheets are fairly complex ...
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Working overtime - should I embrace it or try to avert it by all cost? [closed]

In my company, I, along with some senior developers, were compelled to work overtime during a certain outsourcing project, and it's well beyond office time. Our office time ends at 6 pm, but we were ...
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Being asked to do work “on your own time”

Is it ethical for a manager/supervisor to ask you to do some task that they consider menial or trivial on your own time? For example, when a software developer starts a new position, they need to set ...
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How to properly communicate to boss that we lack, and need more, time and/or manpower? [duplicate]

My work consists in doing a number of projects with multiple different teams across the company, as well as handling some day-to-day requests from individual colleagues, again across different ...
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How to earn money enough to live a contented life without killing social and family life? [closed]

I live in a third world country where middle class like me spends majority of day working. People seem to have no interest in anything other than work sleep circle. After finishing my proportional ...
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No Overtime Pay, But Overload with Work [duplicate]

I would like to ask about overtime pay. Most of the time I receive lots of workload to the point that it is impossible to finish it within a given time. For example, I have a one-week deadline to ...
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How can I discourage employees from working voluntary overtime?

I run a small company (5 salaried employees). We have recently expanded from 3 to 5 staff, and while we are comfortable financially, there is not much spare money available. However there is a lot of ...
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My manager thinks showing up early doesn't show as much enthusiasm as staying late

TL;DR: My manager says I don't "show a sense of urgency" like the rest of the team because I am laid-back and typically leave right at 5. But I come in early and work through lunch and definitely ...
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Should I ask for time off in lieu if I was sick? [closed]

I am a trainee developer at a large (~120 people) web agency, about 7 days from passing my probation. I was feeling unwell this morning (Thursday) but I went in anyway because I have a deadline for a ...
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Approaching a staff member who has repeatedly submitted falsified claims

I'm a team-lead in my company's IT department and I have five persons reporting to me. My team are regularly required to stand by after office hours to support certain activities. For these ...
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How to manage expectations in a business with fast and frequent turnaround times

The core business of my employer is closely related to news. Just like journalists, we ideally need to respond as and when we know that some event has happened - though it is not always critical for ...
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How can I inform management that our time tracking procedure is flawed? [closed]

A director at a company I worked for mandated that all time-sheets be accurate to within 5 minutes for each task, so that future projects can be estimated accurately in terms of time and cost. There ...
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early morning and late afternoon emails [closed]

I've recently read an article about how the successful managers don't read emails first thing in the morning. The question I have is very general. How to handle the work emails you receive (mostly ...
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Been requested that we work overtime in order to get the project delivered, would that let the team down? [closed]

I'm involved in a project that has a long running history of failure. Recently we've been approaching a deadline and subsequently been requested that we work overtime in order to get the project ...
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Is overtime pay for contract workers negotiable?

I know that programmers, IT workers, amongst other fields are exempt from receiving overtime pay and simply get paid for every hour worked (regardless of whether it is over 40hrs / week). My question ...
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How should I ask about work/life balance during an Interview?

I am interviewing for a company later today that has the following listed under Expectations on their career website: Some flexibility in a 40-hour work week In addition, their job descriptions ...
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My boss started sending me IMs to my private account. How should I deal with this?

I few days ago my boss started to send me instant messages to my private phone on my private account. He sends me error-messages and screenshots from customers. I fully understand this may be his ...
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Changing the culture of overtime to efficiency

I work at a very young start-up company. We have had turn-over rates (mass resignation of staff, thrice) in the past but changes in the system have led to a more a stable employee retention and better ...
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Politely and professionally declining overtime

I've been working as a contractor at a large company for three months. I'm the most seasoned developer in a small team, and so far it's been a good relationship. However, as of a couple of weeks ago, ...