Retaliation suit shows requests for unpaid overtime can be timekeeping trap

Informed employers know they must pay nonexempt employees for all hours actually worked. If an employee works unapproved hours or overtime, the company must still pay for the time, but they may discipline the worker for violating company policy or not following directions. A recent case from the 10th Circuit (whose rulings apply to all Kansas and Oklahoma employers) provides an example of how employers should tread carefully in such situations.

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