Overtime Myth: Comp Time In Lieu of Overtime Pay

Myth 10: Employers Can Offer Employees Comp Time in Lieu of Overtime Pay

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Overtime Myth 10: Employers Can Offer Employees Compensatory Time in Lieu of Overtime Pay


Compensatory time off (often called comp time by HR professionals) is paid time off that is offered instead of cash payment for working overtime hours. An employer cannot avoid the need to pay overtime by giving a worker time off comparable to the overtime they worked.

For example, a non-exempt employee works 45 hours in one week, which entitles them to overtime (cash wages) for the 5 additional hours. The employer cannot avoid the requirement to pay overtime by giving the worker 5 hours off the following week.

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