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HR Quick Takes: Limiting Overtime - October 17, 2019

Q: An hourly employee has hit 40 hours at noon on Friday, can I send them home to avoid overtime?

A: In general, absent a contract or policy that says differently-yes you can send them home.

As an employer you can manage hours and schedules to limit overtime. It is useful to have a policy that states overtime must be approved by a manager and that schedules may be modified to avoid overtime.

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