I'm currently a paid intern for a medium-sized software company in the US and have been working there previously during my time off college for the past few years. Up to this point I've been limited to working 40 hours per week (though the actual amount is flexible) and I would typically work 9:00-5:00 weekdays. Recently, my boss offered me the option of working over the weekend as well and any hours above 40 I would be allowed to record to be added on past the day I leave to return to college (to compensate me).
This sounds somewhat legally sketchy to me, though I don't believe my boss is intentionally attempting to take advantage of me. The company is currently in a state of crunch-time and I get the impression that this is likely an attempt to aid in meeting the approaching deadlines. Regardless, I'd rather not work on the weekend anyways.
So: is this legal?
Furthermore, how should I respond?
Forgive any ambiguity, I'd prefer to remain anonymous as possible.