Time you spend working should be paid and be counted as hours worked for purposes of overtime pay whether or not your employer wants you to be “clocked in.”
Examples of off-the-clock work
- if your employer makes you clock out and finish your work
- if you have a morning meeting before work
- if your employer requires you to work on the weekends without clocking in
Weekend and Night Work
Many employers voluntarily pay a premium for work at night and on weekends. However, extra pay for working weekends or nights is a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee (or the employee’s representative). The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require extra pay just because it may be weekend or night work.