Are Employers Legally Obligated to Pay Employees for Overtime Hours?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 11 March 2024
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Pay, Overtime, National Minimum Wage

It is a common misconception that employees have a right to be paid for overtime work. Legally, in Northern Ireland, employers are not legally obligated to pay employee for overtime hours. Overtime refers to any extra hours worked outside of an employee's contracted hours which can often happen when an important deadline is approaching or if other employees are absent from work. It is important to note that there is no statutory requirement for an employee to work overtime nor is there any statutory requirement for an employer to offer their employees additional hours outside those included in their contract.

While there is no obligation for employers to pay employees for extra hours

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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