Boston Globe Quotes MBJ Attorney on Use of Comp Time As Substitute For Overtime

On August 10, 2008, the Boston Sunday Globe’s Job Doc quoted MBJ attorney Dan Field recently in response to an inquiry about the appropriate use of compensatory time in lieu of overtime.  As Dan explained, employers are obligated to pay most hourly employees time and a half for each hour worked in excess of 40 in a work week.  Private sector employers are not permitted to substitute compensatory time off for overtime, but may provide comp time in the same work week that extra time is worked because it ordinarily reduces an employee’s hours below 40 in that work week, thereby eliminating the overtime requirement.

The Job Doc column appears weekly in the Boston Globe as well as on the website.  The Job Doc responds to a variety of reader questions about employment issues and provides guidance on the law covering the workplace.  Dan is quoted frequently in the column on labor and employment law matters.

The Boston Globe Job Doc column is available by clicking here.