HANDBOOK HELPER EPISODE 20Overtime Policy « Law Offices of Timothy Bowles | Top Employment Law Firm in Los Angeles


Overtime Policy


California employers must pay overtime to non-exempt employees for work in excess of eight hours per workday or 40 hours per workweek.

Companies should thus include a clear handbook policy describing such rules.

Policy Drafting Tips:

  • Require non-exempt employees to work overtime as needed on a regular or occasional basis;
  • Attempt, but do not promise, to provide advance notice of overtime scheduling whenever practicable;
  • Attempt to offer overtime on an equal basis to affected workers;
  • Require advance approval of anticipated overtime;
  • Confirm all overtime hours must be promptly and accurately reported and will be paid; and
  • Caution that unauthorized overtime may, however, lead to disciplinary action.


Implement and regularly review a comprehensive, clearly written handbook to include an overtime policy.

We publish this series to educate employers on best practices for a well-written handbook that assists applicants, employees, and management alike. To purchase our 2023 template handbook – which contains the above policy and much more – and accompanying forms or for more information, please contact Office Manager Aimee Rosales at 626.583.6600 or email her at officemgr@tbowleslaw.com.

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Cindy Bamforth
March 9, 2023

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