Overtime from boss a gift

QUESTION: I was assigned to work on a special project for several weeks, and my boss generously paid me for an extra 7.5 hours a day to get my regular work done even though I didn't always work the full 7.5 hours. That resulted in a lot of overtime for me, since I was an hourly worker. During the holidays, however, I had two days off, and I didn't get the extra 7.5 hours for those days. I had thought the paid time off would figure into my overtime calculations. Was this both cheap and illegal on my company's part?

ANSWER: You are staring that proverbial gift horse in the mouth. Your company paid you for an extra 7.5 hours each day even when you didn't work that long. So it gave you more than the law required. As for the overtime, your employer hewed to the letter of the law: Paid time off doesn't have to be included in the count toward overtime.

- Newsday

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