What Can I Do if an Employee Refuses to Work Overtime?

It's strange but some employees love overtime and others despise it. Regardless, for employers without unions, they are very much in control of the employees' schedule, working conditions, wages and other terms of employment. Employees don't have a legal right to work a certain schedule; that is something within the control of the company. So, when a company requires overtime, absent some sort of medical or other legally protected reason justifying the absence, the employee is obligated to comply. Failure for an employee to do so would be grounds for discipline in accord with company policy and practice.


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