Must an employee be paid for overtime if he or she was not authorized to work extra hours?

Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

Yes. Work not requested but suffered or permitted is work time and can result in an obligation to pay overtime. For example, an employee who voluntarily continues to work at the end of a shift without the employer's blessing must be paid overtime if the extra work exceeds 40 hours in a workweek. However, the employee may be disciplined for violating the employer's policies.