Does your teleworkers' OT cost you?

Because telework agreements traditionally don’t prevent federal employees from working overtime and the nature of such arrangements often lends themselves to workers being plugged in more than their assigned hours, Robert Dietrich of FedSmith recommends that advanced approval from a supervisor should be required for all OT.

In fact, telework can bring about problems with compliance when it comes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) and a Defense Department audit agency, for example, mandates that OT and comp time cannot be approved without assigning a special controlnumber to it so that it can be recorded, the article said.

According to FLSA, all nonexempt telework employees arerequired to be paid for all hours of "suffer or permit" work during authorized time periods, whether or notthe agency knows or should have known about it.

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Reader comments

Fri, Sep 2, 2011 Old Fed

Advice for anyone who is Grade 11 or above, don't try to ask for it unless you see others getting it. You are a salaried employee and expected to get the job done. If you happen to have to work in response to an IT emergency, then expect comp time if work beyond 2 hours. Even then they will complain about the number of hours you are out of the office when you try to use the comp time. Fact is budgets are tight and there is no money for an emergency. Manager's do not like to be disciplined for being over-budget. It affects their bonus.

Wed, Aug 24, 2011 SOTE Contractor Federal Agency

There is no such thing as OverTime. We are supposed to work whenever the bosses want us to work, Work more than 40 hours a week and you are salaried (one pay no matter how much more than 40 hour you work). Work less than 40 hours and you are waged, and get only $x per hour. Cheap is the word.

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