If an hourly employee is scheduled to work 15 hours a week but actually works 16.5 hours a week. Should the employee be paid for the extra 1.5 hours worked?
Yes, as an employer you absolutely must pay employees for all hours worked. Under the federal FLSA or Fair Labor Standards Act, an employee must be paid for all hours *suffered or permitted to work*. This basically means that even if the employee works without your permission, or against your express orders, the employee must be paid. If the employee worked more than 40 hours per week — even without the employers permission — the employee would be entitled to overtime.
You can discipline or terminate an employee for working extra hours, over and above what is on the schedule, but you must pay the employee for all hours worked.
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