We are a small company with only four employees. Is it legal to dock employee pay if they work overtime when they are not supposed to?

Steve Duggan replies:

No, that is not legal. Under Federal Law and DOL regulations, non-exempt employees must be paid overtime for the hours they work. If they have been warned before, you can discipline them, including terminating their employment. But, you cannot dock their pay. If you are thinking of disciplining an employee who works unauthorized overtime, you should first consult with a local employment law attorney.

Posted 05-28-2019

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