This month I want to speak about overtime. It is one of the most confusing laws in the land and the employer is responsible to understand and practice the law correctly, or face stiff fines and penalties.
I recently met with a potential client and we were discussing overtime. She said their company did not pay overtime because they would never approve it and that is their policy. I asked what would happen if someone accidentally worked 42 hours in one week. She said the overtime would not be approved by policy and they would get 42 hours of straight time pay.
Years ago I spoke with an unemployment judge who told me the following story…
The judge had just heard an unemployment case between an employer and a former employee who was fired because of 68 absences in a 10 month period. It sounds like it would have been a gross attendance problem and that the employer should have won the unemployment case.
As a small business owner, your job is to provide a service or make a product and sell it to customers. Your job is NOT to be a Human Resource expert; yet, state and federal laws expect you to be a Human Resource expert along with all the other hats you wear as the owner.