Overtime pitfalls: The lurking traps

A rash of wage-and-hour lawsuits is drawing attention to the often-overlooked complexities of overtime pay laws. Think you don't owe overtime? Check our gallery of potential tripwires.

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Comp Time
Comp Time
The FLSA doesn't recognize "comp time" for nonexempt employees, particularly in terms of allowing someone to work extra now in anticipation of paid time off later.

An employee who worked 44 hours in a given week should receive time-and-a-half for four hours; the only option for creating comp time would be for the employee to work only 36 hours the following week to equalize a two-week paycheck. Banking those extra four hours against future vacation time would violate the FLSA.

Last updated January 22 2008: 8:59 AM ET

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