It is illegal in New Jersey for your employer to require that you work off-the-clock. Many employers require their hourly workers to work more than 40 hours per week and then, instead of paying them overtime at 1.5 times their hourly rate, pay them in “comp time” or “time owed.” This comp time just gives the employee some paid time off for the extra hours they worked. But that is illegal. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires that each hourly worker get paid overtime at 1.5 times their regular hourly rate for each hour worked beyond 40 hours in a week. Just getting comp time is not enough under the law.
If your boss is making you work overtime without pay in exchange for comp time or perform work off-the-clock without pay in NJ, call one of our NJ Overtime Lawyers for a free consultation about your rights.